Monday, October 20, 2008

Tony Bennett Gifted Cufflinks

Specializing in entertainment memorabilia, Julien's Auctions hosted an auction of property from comedian and actor Bob Hope's 100 years on Earth. Nearly 800 items from his life were sold to the highest bidder on October 18 and 19 at a public auction in Los Angeles, California.

Items brought in anywhere from 10 to 20 times their expected values. More than $601,000 in proceeds will be given to The Bob and Delores Hope Charitable Foundation.

One of the pieces from the auction, a pair of 14K gold cufflinks given to Bob Hope from Tony Bennett, brought in $5,000. Made to look like a record, the outside of the 45 reads "Because of You," the name of Bennett's first big hit on the pop charts in 1951. The inscription on the back reads "To Bob Hope from Tony Bennett."

While opening for Pearl Bailey in 1949, under the stage name Joe Bari, Bennett's career took off. Hope attended the show and invited Bennett to accompany him on the road. Hope also made the suggestion for Bennett to change his stage name by shortening his real name and going by Tony Bennett. By giving Bennett such a big break at the beginning of his career, Because of You proved to be a phrase full of meaning to the two legendary icons.

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