The estate of popular songwriter Jack Lawrence, who wrote songs for Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Darin and Frank Sinatra in the 1950s, went on public display this week prior to the sale of his estate at Stamford, Connecticut in the US.
Mr Lawrence was 96 when he died and had spent a lifetime collecting antiques and artefacts from all over the world. These included silk rugs from India, pieces of marble from an Egyptian temple, African art from Paris, and closer to home artefacts from the ill-fated ocean liner the SS Andrea Doria which sank off Nantucket in 1956. Mr Lawrence also served as a lieutenant in the US Maritime Service during World War II where he began by writing songs for the service. It was after he left the service that his career really took off where songs like ‘Yes, My Darling Daughter’ became a bit hit through radio. He was eventually inducted into the National Songwriters Hall of Fame and was also nominated for an Academy Award.
Jack Lawrence was accompanied on his travels by his adopted son Richard with whom he amassed most of his vast collection of arts, gems and antiques. Richard is happy to recant some of the stories that went with the purchase of these pieces. He is selling up and moving to California but hopes that the items will give as much joy to others as they gave to Jack and himself.
Whether it’s buying memorabilia from a famous songwriter in Connecticut, or antique desks in Lancashire from a stately home, all these items are sure to have a story to tell.
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