Gorski has been out of work and doesn't own a car. He is also caring for a disabled child. He had hoped to auction the shirt for between $10,000 and $15,000 but it sold for only $1,200 to the auctioneer, Don Presley.
Presley bought the shirt when no one else bid on the item. He had loaned Gorski $1,500 because he thought the shirt would sell for more than that and he knew Gorski needed the money.
Presley said he will let Gorski keep the $1,500 and also pay him $1,200 for the shirt. He hopes to auction the shirt with Christie's or Sotheby's.
The shirt was made for Sinatra by Beverly Hills tailor Nathan Wise for a benefit concert in 1988. The tags bear Sinatra's name and the date 1987, when it was made.
City News Service contributed to this story