On the Auction Block: A Shirt Worn by Sinatra Found at a Newport Beach Yard Sale
Unemployed construction worker Rick Gorski could turn a $5 find at a neighbor’s yard sale into thousands of dollars Saturday when an Orange County auctioneer takes bids for a tailor-made tuxedo shirt once worn by Frank Sinatra.
Gorski was helping a wealthy neighbor with a yard sale last year when he spotted the shirt and asked about it, according to Don Presley, who will be auctioning off the shirt among other collectibles Saturday at his shop at 1319 W. Katella Ave. in Orange.
“A lot of other people just passed it up, but he picked it up and asked her about it,” Presley said.
The neighbor told him it was made for Sinatra.
“He said, ‘How much?’ and she said, ‘Five bucks for you, Rick,'” Presley said.
Later, when Gorski called her and left her message saying he thought the shirt was worth a great deal more and offered to split it with her she responded in an e-mail saying, “No, Rick, God bless you. I know you need it and I hope you do well with it,” Presley said.
Gorski, who has been out of work and doesn’t own a car, also has extra expenses caring for his special-needs child, Presley said.
The shirt has tags with Sinatra’s name on it dated February 1987, Presley said.
When Gorski investigated the shirt he found that in 1987 Beverly Hills men’s clothier Nat Wise made the shirt for Sinatra and he wore it for a 1988 benefit concert, Presley said.
The shirt’s measurements match Sinatra’s, Presley said.
“I don’t have a clue,” how much the shirt will fetch at auction, Presley said. “Ten dollars to a thousand. It won’t surprise me if it sells for (10 thousand) to $15,000.”
Presley said he is hoping to get as much as he can for Gorski.
“The poor guy’s so broke he can’t even pay attention,” Presley said.
“We’re hoping it will do real well for him.”
The auction will also include a Marilyn Monroe two-piece ensemble once owned by Robert Slatzer, a Hollywood biographer and reporter who claimed he wed Monroe in 1952.