Art Tatum is widely considered to be one of the greatest jazz pianists in history with stunning technique and dexterity and a plethora of accolades including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. His extremely progressive songwriting turned jazz on its head and influenced musicians for decades to come, including none other than Frank Sinatra.
As a thank you for his music and as a sign of respect, Sinatra, who was just starting to break out into stardom after his Oscar-winning performance in From Here to Eternity, gifted this beautiful Bulova watch to the jazzman who held onto it until his sadly premature death at age 47.
Inscribed to the pianist and offered directly from the estate of Tatum, this is a truly special piece of music history and a fine addition to any collection of rare and important timepieces.
It's heading to the block shortly through auction house Guernsey and might be under-the-radar enough to score quite the deal on. Best of luck....