Auction: Souvenir of jazz legend Tony Bennett auctioned off at a high price

Auction: Souvenir of jazz legend Tony Bennett auctioned off at a high price

Tony Bennett was one of the most popular musicians in the USA. The jazz legend died in July 2023 at the age of 96 – now souvenirs of the singer are going under the hammer.

Expensive clocks, paintings, furniture and microphones: More than 700 souvenirs of jazz legend Tony Bennett, who died last year, are being auctioned in New York. Kicking off the two-day auction on Thursday, a gold Rolex wristwatch fetched $52,000, twice its estimated price.

A Cartier wristwatch that Bennett received as a gift from his colleague Frank Sinatra fetched just as much. A valuable Cartier watch with Lady Gaga’s name engraved on it, which the pop diva gave him before her death, went under the hammer for a good $45,000. The auction house Julien’s announced the prices achieved on its website.

Among the many objects were numerous paintings and drawings by the amateur artist Bennett. A pencil drawing the singer made of Lady Gaga fetched $19,500. The two Grammy-winning industry giants often expressed their admiration and affection for one another. In 2011, Bennett recorded the swing track “The Lady Is A Tramp” with Lady Gaga for his album “Duets II”. In 2021, the two stars released their second album together, “Love for Sale,” after “Cheek to Cheek” (2014).

Bennett became known worldwide with songs like “I Left My Heart In San Francisco”. The musician released more than 70 albums, which earned him numerous Grammys. Bennett died in New York in July last year at the age of 96.

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