Legendary singer Connie Francis auctions life's treasures

FILE - In this Nov. 27, 1978 file photo, singer Connie Francis poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. Francis, who gained fame in the1950s, is auctioning some of her favorite trinkets at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on Sunday, (AP Photo/Wally Fong, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 1980 file photo, Dick Clark, host of American Bandstand, left, appears with Connie Francis during taping of the show in Los Angeles. Francis, who gained fame in the1950s, is auctioning some of her favorite trinkets at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on Sunday, (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Connie Francis is auctioning some of her favorite trinkets at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

The offerings include the bomber jacket she wore performing in Vietnam, a love letter from Bobby Darin where he laments he's "unhappy & miserable without you" and a 13-carat emerald ring with diamonds. She's also auctioning several letters from her famous friends, including Frankie Avalon, Dick Clark and Frank Sinatra.

Francis' decades-long career was marked by all the glittering things of Hollywood royalty. There were No. 1 hits, iconic movies, Hollywood boyfriends, glamorous gowns and TV appearances on "American Bandstand" and "The Ed Sullivan Show."

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