To some, a picture's worth a thousand words. But to Nancy Sinatra Lambert, a shot of her pop comes to only $150, plus an autographed copy of her biography, "Frank Sinatra, My Father" (Doubleday: $50).
That's what Nancy offered to pay Life Picture Service agency for each photo' of Ol' Blue Eyes she used in her tome-- after it was published last October.
Problem is, according to some photographers, her offer is too little too late. Leigh Wiener, who said he originally asked for $750 for a shot of the elder Sinatra with Robert Kennedy (see adjoining), told Outtakes that Nancy "knew what it was going to cost and went ahead and published" the book. Referring to her attempt to renegotiate, Wiener said it was "laughable that a Sinatra would do this."
According to a letter Nancy sent to the photo agency, when she originally negotiated for rights to the photographs, she "had no idea just how expensive they would be . . . almost $50,000 for photos alone. . . . This is not a profitable venture for me, but rather a labor of love."