Say what you will about Frank Sinatra, he definitely did it “his way.” The warm-voiced crooner, personal friend to Chicago mob boss Sam Giancana, certainly had foibles foibles of his own, and they’re well-documented. Now, you can get your hands on one of those documents. An original copy of a fingerprint set from a young, Old Blue Eyes is going up for auction.
You’ve likely seen the mugshot featuring Frank’s young and slender face. Even in black in white, his eyes are piercing. Purveyors of pop culture took advantage of the public domain photo, plastering it on T-shirts and posters everywhere. But few know the story behind the actual arrest. In 1938, Sinatra was pinched for “seduction.” By legal definition, seduction is “engaging in sexual intercourse with a woman of good repute, under the pretense of future marriage.” The charges were dismissed when it was discovered that the woman in question was, in fact, already married. The sheet is 7 3/4 by 8 inches, and in good condition. Julien’s will be auctioning off the rat-packer’s rap sheet on May 19th. For any true fan of the Sultan of Swoon, this artifact has a seductive appeal.