Highly-important and unique original painting of Sinatra, oil on panel, 22 x 23.5, done by artist David Brega, commissioned in 1979 by Caesars Palace in honor of Sinatra’s 64th birthday and celebration of Sinatra’s 40th year in show business, signed in the lower right corner in paint by Brega. Beautifully framed to an overall size of 30.25 x 31. In very fine condition. This portrait was previously displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield, Massachusetts, from September–December of 2000, and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Arts in St. Joseph, Missouri from March–June, 2001. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Demos Gallery of Las Vegas. Also accompanied by an original elaborate invitation to the event, made of acrylic, done in raised gold on black, with the invitation stating, “Caesars Palace cordially invites you to a loving tribute to Frank Sinatra on the occasion of his Fortieth Year in Show Business.” Framed to an overall size of 10.5 x 12.5, as well as a large color promotional poster for the event, 21.5 x 27.5, and framed to an overall size of 24.75 x 31.
On December 12, 1979—Sinatra’s 64th birthday—Caesars Palace was the venue for a star-studded black tie celebration of his 40th year in show business. Among those in attendance were Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Lucille Ball, Orson Welles, Milton Berle, Don Rickles, Glenn Ford, and Cary Grant. The gala was recorded by NBC and broadcast the following month. Along with celebrating Sinatra’s career, ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ was presented with ASCAP’s 1st Pied Piper Award for service to lyricists, as well as a special Grammy Trustees’ Award. In addition to this portrait, Brega was also commissioned to do two murals of Sinatra, each a staggering 45 x 80 feet, which hung outside Caesars Palace prior to the event. A one-of-a-kind and standout work of art befitting a place of honor in any art, music, or entertainment collection. RR Auction COA.