Frank Sinatra's Yarmulke Just Sold for Nearly $10,000


Frank Sinatra was a lifelong Catholic whose Christmas songs continue to play on the radio year after year, so it may come as a surprise that he owned a yarmulke. And not just any yarmulke, but a hand-crocheted one with his first name and musical notes stitched around the border. However mysterious its origins may be, that black kippah now has a new owner, having been sold for $9375 at a recent Sotheby’s auction, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports.

Sotheby’s doesn’t say where or from whom Sinatra got the yarmulke, but it could have been any number of sources. The singer was a longtime supporter of Jewish causes and was awarded the Hollzer Memorial Award by the Los Angeles Jewish Community in 1949. He later received the Medallion of Valor from Israel in 1972 for raising $6.5 million in bond pledges for the country.

The yarmulke, which was originally expected to sell for an affordable $200 to $400, was one of the 301 lots sold as part of the "Lady Blue Eyes: Property of Barbara and Frank Sinatra" auction. The items came from the estate of Barbara Sinatra, who passed away in July 2017 at the age of 90—19 years after her husband died of a heart attack at the age of 82.

The auction raised a grand total of $9.2 million, with part of the proceeds going to the Barbara Sinatra Children's Center in Rancho Mirage, California. The Sinatras founded the nonprofit organization in 1986, and it has been providing counseling to victims of child abuse ever since.

Other highlights of the auction include an untitled painting Sinatra made in 1990, which sold for $137,500, as well as his revised final script for From Here to Eternity ($35,000) and a pair of AKG microphones he owned ($13,750).

[h/t Jewish Telegraphic Agency]

The Office-Themed Ugly Christmas Sweaters Are Here to Show Off Your Dunder Mifflin Spirit


It's now easier than ever to gift your loved ones with Dunder Mifflin-inspired Christmas presents, thanks to Target's new The Office collection. What does it include, you ask? Ugly Christmas sweaters with Dwight Schrute's face and the paper company's logo on them.

As reported by POPSUGAR, Target is selling two different holiday sweaters—one featuring Dwight's festive face and another, more general Dunder Mifflin one—on its website, each priced at $29.99. It seems the NBC series' popularity will never die, as companies continue to sell The Office-related products, from cool artwork to construction sets.

While fans continue to binge The Office on Netflix, they know that major changes are ahead. NBCUniversal is launching its own streaming platform, Peacock, and will take the show back in January 2021. In the meantime, you can still soak up as much Dunder Mifflin insanity as you can handle via Netflix—and now you can do it decked out in a festive holiday sweater.


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Disney+ Users Are Already Facing Technical Problems

Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian (2019).
Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian (2019).
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It seems that the highly anticipated Disney+ release did not go as smoothly as the company had hoped. Variety reports that the streaming service launched this morning, only to find its IT department being flooded with phone calls, tweets, and emails from angry users complaining of malfunctions.

Many customers took to social media to vent their frustration that they either couldn’t login into their account or couldn’t watch certain content.

The service did offer an explanation for all the technical issues via Twitter, posting, “The consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our high expectations. We are working to quickly resolve the current user issue. We appreciate your patience.”

Too bad a little Disney magic couldn’t help them with these tech glitches.

[h/t Variety]