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Frank Sinatra Signed Autographed Jilly's Menu - WOW!

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Frank Sinatra
RARE Autographed Jilly's Menu

The long and close relationship between Sinatra and Jilly Rizzo was widely known. This is an incredible piece. An Authentically Autographed menu from Jilly's. Frank Sinatra favorite lounge in which he frequented when he was in New York. To acquire a postively genuine Frank Sinatra autograph is rare and difficult alone, but to acquire on a historically significant piece like a Jilly's menu is nearly unheard of. This piece was acquired in-person.

*Also, for those who have never researched Mr Sinatra's signing habits, it is estimated about 90% of the autographs on the market are secretarial signed or outright forgery. On eBay the percentage is even higher, about 99% of all Sinatra autographs on eBay are fake. Over the past 11 years on eBay I estimate one out of every 100 autographs posted, I find one consistent with his authentic signature.

Mike and his wife Lynn stoppe din Jilly's in the late 60's. I acquired this menu from Mike and he states "One evening in the late 60's while in New York City with friends they stopped in Jilly's.Blue eyes himself walked in - Lynn jumped up with her menu and you can see the rest of it on the menu". On the bottom of the front there is a "printed" autograph, i.e. "This is my hangout too Frank Sinatra". Above that he authentically signs in ball point pen, "Lynn - Love and XXXXX Frank Sinatra". MIke's friend, who introduced me to Mike states Lynn was a real looker (she passed away a couple years ago). Apparently, SInatra realy took notice to her. Also, included is a nice handwritten note from Mike describing the encounter with Sinatra as he remembers 40 years ago.

Comes with COA and Guaranteed Authentic for Life.

Menu measures 4" x 10-1/2" when folded - 12" x 10-1/2" when open

As many of our customers know we specialize in Frank Sinatra memorabilia and are experts on his signature. We have studied his genuine signatures, the secretarials and many forgeries for the past 20 years. We continue to scour the universe for the most desirable Frank Sinatra autographs & memorabilia (such as his Fedora hat we just acquired).

Below is additional historical information on Frank Sinatra and his best friend Jilly Rizzo.

In the mid-1960's, Frank's favorite New York bar was Jilly's Saloon (256 West 52nd Street - currently closed). Sinatra met Jilly in Miami Beach when performing at the Fontainebleau. They hit it off immediately.

Ermenigildo Rizzo (May 6, 1917 – May 6, 1992), nicknamed Jilly, was an American restaurateur and entertainer. A long time friend of Frank Sinatra, Rizzo made cameo appearances in several of his films. He was also a frequent guest on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, where he would recite one liners in his monotone New York accent. During the 1970s, his night-club was torn down and replaced with Dean Martin's restaurant, Dino's.

On May 6, 1992, Rizzo was killed in a car accident when he was hit by a drunk driver on his 75th birthday in Rancho Mirage, California. He is buried near Sinatra in the Desert Memorial Park in Palm Springs, California.

Frank Sinatra mentions Jilly in a number of his recordings:

  • Jilly's Restaurant is mentioned twice in his and Sammy Davis Jr.'s song "Me and My Shadow".
  • At the beginning of the album Sinatra at the Sands, Frank jokingly welcomes his Las Vegas audience to "Jilly's West."
  • In his cover version of "Mrs. Robinson", he changes the name "Jesus" to "Jilly."
    In the 1969 song "Star!", Frank sings, "If they've got a drink with her name in Jilly's Bar, the chances are, the lady's a Star!"
  • Actor/comedian Brad Garrett told some funny stories about being Frank Sinatra's opening act, and how Jilly temporarily fired him for allegedly making a bad joke about Frank. Jilly allegedly sent him, as a punishment, to open for Liza Minnelli.
  • Jilly appears as a bartender in The Manchurian Candidate where one of his stories sets off Laurence Harvey into a hypnotic trance.

 



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