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SINATRA, Frank & Al Silvani.

Group of seven photographs, two signed, and one annotated by Sinatra.

Published: California: c.1944

Stock code: 97119

Price: £2,500

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Al Silvani was a childhood friend of Sinatra’s, had a moderately successful career as a boxing trainer, at various times looking after Jake La Motta, Henry Armstrong, Carmen Basilio, Fritzie Zivic, Pone Kingpetch, Rocky Graziano, Ingemar Johansson, and Lou Ambers, he worked as Robert De Niro’s trainer for Raging Bull; “moonlighted” as one of Sinatra’s bodyguards; worked as an actor and stuntman in a number of movies, many of them Sinatra vehicles; and generally hung with the Rat Pack. The two signed photographs – Sinatra inscribes “Sincerely Frank Sinatra” – are inscribed by Silvani to his brother Joe, who boxed for a few years in the mid-20s, compiling a tidy losing record, of 3-9-1 and one no contest, two of the losses and the solitary draw being against “Slapsie” Maxie. Silvani also played for Sinatra’s soft-ball team the Swooners, as did Anthony Quinn, and Sammy Cahn; Silvani, Sinatra, Quinn and Cahn all clearly shown in the present photograph which is annotated on the back in Sinatra’s hand, “We won the game Sunday 6 to 1 at Gilmore Stadium”. An excellent grouping with a close connection to Sinatra’s inner circle.

5 “10 8” glossy promo photos – 2 of Sinatra and Silvani together, signed and inscribed; one of Sinatra’s soft-ball team the Swooners, annotated by Sinatra verso; an unsigned Sinatra promo; and one of Rocky Marciano receiving a foot-rub during a training camp at Grossinger’s in ’53; together with one “5 7” club table photograph of Sinatra, Silvani and “Slapsie” Maxie Rosenbloom, perhaps also at Grossinger’s, and a smaller format satin-finsh early promo photograph of Sinatra by James Kriegsmann Overall a little used, both of the two “signed and inscribeds” with a small piece torn from a corner, no loss of image or autograph, one of these with a clean closed tear in from the lower margin, no loss, the unsigned “10 8” also with a small piece torn from the margin, as also the Marciano, but they remain all about very good.

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