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Wednesday, 5 December, 2001, 12:19 GMT
Tug-of-war over Sinatra's car
Sinatra bought his Jaguar J40 in 1985
Sinatra bought his Jaguar J40 in 1985
A Jaguar, once owned by Frank Sinatra, is at the centre of a tug-of-war between a woman who donated the car to a charity auction, and the couple who then bought it.

Retired tugboat worker Michael Pakouda successfully bid $20,000 (14,200) for the late singer's Jaguar J40 in Englewood, New Jersey, in an auction to raise funds for those affected by the September 11 attacks on the US.

Now the woman who donated the car, Anna May Capelli, has refused to hand over the keys.

She said the $20,000 offer was the minimum price and was expecting it to sell for double that price.

A judge has signed an injunction to stop the auction house from returning the car to Capelli and has banned her from transferring the title to anyone else.


Mr Pakouda had bought the car as a Christmas present for his wife, Angela, who is a lifelong Sinatra fan.

Mrs Pakouda said: "It's not my problem that she (Capelli) didn't get what she expected.

"I'm sure Frankie's looking right down over my shoulder as my guardian angel and saying, 'Angie, that's your car'.

She said she had been a fan of the late superstar since the age of 10 and had been in the audience at Sinatra's early New York radio show, Lucky Strike Light Up Time.

Sinatra owned a number of Jaguars
Sinatra owned a number of Jaguars

"He captivated his audience," she said. "He sang directly to you, not at you."

A second hearing is planned for Friday and the car remains at the auction house.

It was bought in Beverly Hills in 1985 and issued to "F Sinatra and Nathan Golden", his chauffeur, according to registration documents.


Some of Sinatra's other cars have previously been sold for higher amounts.

His 1989 Jaguar XJS sold for $160,000 (113,600) in 1998, while his 1956 Thunderbird has been sold for $150,000 (106,500).

Frank Sinatra, known as Ol' Blue Eyes, became one of the most popular and iconic figures in showbusiness during his six decades as an actor and singer.

Funds from the auction were to benefit the 130 families from Bergen County, New Jersey, who lost relatives in the World Trade Centre attack.

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