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Frank Sinatra Cal Neva Cigarette Lighter 1960s w/Provenance

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Frank Sinatra
Original Vintage Cal Neva Lighter
w/Extraordinary Provenance


These Rare genuine vintage "Frank Sinatra Cal Neva Lodge" lighters are an intriguing piece of history, not only for the historical background of the Cal Neva Lodge when owned by Mr Sinatra but also the very short time period of his ownership. They are Highly sought after by collectors!

This is one of the most desirable and collectible casino and Frank Sinatra related items of all.    Rare original "Frank Sinatra Cal Neva Casino" lighter..   Printed/engraved on lighter is "Frank SInatra's Cal Neva Lodge" . These are neat mini lighters about 1.5" x 1.75".   Beautiful,  EXCELLENT + Condition with just the slightest handling wear on front and back that you'd expect from a nearly 60 year old lighter... .  One of the best ones we've ever seen! ...

Frank Sinatra was known to give these lighters to friends who visited him at the lodge.

These Cal Neva lighters have an extraordinary history onto themselves.  But, this one is inn a league  of it's own.    Read below:

Rare Frank Sinatra Cal Neva Lighter Given as Gift By Frank Sinatra and Cal-Neva Co-Owner Hank Sanicola to Helen DeVore, Sanicola's 14-Year Personal Assistant

The item up for auction is the pictured lighter in a red velvet pouch.

This lighter was given to Helen DeVore (14-year personal assistant to Frank Sinatra's personal manager and business partner Hank Sanicola) by Sinatra and Sanicola in 1961. Helen was Sanicola's personal assistant from 1961 to 1974 working under the auspices of the Sands Music Corporation.

In 1960 Frank Sinatra, Hank Sanicola and Dean Martin acquired ownership of the Cal Neva Lodge and Casino from mafia godfather Sam "Momo" Giancana. Sanicola owned 33.3% of Cal Neva. Mario Puzo's "Godfather" book and movie were based on the godfather Giancana. (Remember the horse's head in the bed of the movie director -- a reference to Giancana securing Frank Sinatra's career-reviving role in "From Here to Eternity").

This group acted as a front for Giancana because Giancana was prohibited by Nevada gaming law to own and even be on the premises of a gambling casino because of his mafia involvement. 

The Nevada gaming commission learned Giancana had frequented Cal Neva on numerous occasions (entering through secret tunnels) and Sinatra and Sanicola lost their gaming license. This resulted in a split between Sinatra and Sanicola who had been best friends for over 30 years. Sanicola was responsible for Sinatra's rise from an unknown Hoboken, NJ crooner to a worldwide celebrity.

As part of the negotiated break up Sanicola ended up with Barton, Sands Music companies and Reprise Records.

Read more about Hank Sanicola and his relationship with Frank Sinatra on his Wiki page here

* See enlargeable images above and below including photo of Mr Sinatra, Ava Gardner and 
Hank Sanicola.

**Also included is an extraordinary letter of provenance & authenticity  from Ms Helen DeVore's son.   In the Letter of Authenticity he states he spent three Summers at Cal Neva (1961-1963) and met most of the notorious characters including Sam Giancana and others.  The Letter is signed by both he and his mother (Helen who was Hank Sanicola's assistant for 14 years).    He also included photos of Hank Sanicola giving him piano lessons in 1966).   Along with several other photos of Mr Sinatra and Mr Sanicola, which will be included. 

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