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Sinatra shirt fails to bring in high price

January 1, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An unemployed construction worker who had hoped to sell one of Frank Sinatra's shirts for big bucks came up short Saturday.Rick Gorski of Newport Beach bought the tailor-made tuxedo shirt from the garage sale of a wealthy neighbor for $5 last year.

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