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    Sammy Davis Jr.'s Star of David Money Clip. An ornate 14k gold money clip featuring a Star of David over a menorah, with a total of eight settings of small diamonds, mounted over a pair of scrolls representing the Torah. The scrolls open on hinges to reveal the Ten Commandments underneath. The back side of the clip is engraved: "To -- Sammy Davis Jr. Good Luck Always/Jack Entratter/1957." Entratter was a rather notorious Las Vegas Mafia character who oversaw the Sands Casino; he also, as legend has it, was instrumental in "persuading" Columbia Studios boss Harry Cohn to give Frank Sinatra the role of Maggio in From Here to Eternity, for which Sinatra won an Oscar. In November of 1954, Davis was almost killed in a life-altering car wreck that cost him his left eye. While recovering in the hospital, his friend Eddie Cantor discussed with him the similarities between the Jewish and black cultures, a conversation that prompted Davis to begin studying the history of Jews. He converted to Judaism soon after, and remained devoted to the religion for the rest of his life. The clip shows some very light scratches on the back, but is otherwise in Excellent condition.

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    February, 2009
    21st-22nd Saturday-Sunday
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