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Auction Description for RR Auction: JFK 50 Years After Dallas
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View the auction online now! Auction preview: October 22, 2013 • 10 AM - 4 pm October 23, 2013 • 10 AM - 4 pm The auction preview will be held at the Omni Parker House, 60 School Street, Boston, MA 02108. Auction preview will also be available in our offices by appointment only at RR Auction. If you have any questions please call our office at (603) 732-4280.
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RR Auction has assembled the most extensive JFK auction in recent memory, expertly weaving together the tale of one of our nation's greatest presidents, fifty years after his tragic assassination in Dallas. Beginning with the 1,000 days of Camelot and his earlier years as senator, transitioning to the assassination and storied lone gunman Lee Harvey Oswald, we finally come full circle with Kennedy's funeral and memorial. Offering an incredible collection of museum-quality items relating to John F. Kennedy, his celebrated family, and the tragedy of November 22, 1963, our auction will feature such extraordinary pieces as Kennedy's personal engraved rosary, displaying the wear of constant use; a pair of JFK's seldom-seen personally-owned and -worn prescription glasses; a 1963 Lincoln Continental used by the couple on their way to Dallas; the controversial 6th Floor Window from the Texas Book Depository; and Lee Harvey Oswald's wedding ring, accompanied by a fascinating five-page letter from his widow revealing the ring's history. Enjoy a rare opportunity to view all of these highlights and more in person at the Boston Omni Parker House, and online at RRAuction.com, in the largest JFK-themed auction of the year. A portion of the proceeds with be donated to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, in honor of fallen Dallas Officer J.D. Tippit.

JFK 50 Years After Dallas

by RR Auction


290 lots with images

October 24, 2013

Live Auction

Omni Parker House

60 School Street

Boston, MA, 02108 USA

Phone: 603-732-4280

Fax: (603) 732-4288

Email: Stacey.Jordan@RRAuction.com

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John F. Kennedy 1960 Signed Photograph

Lot 1: John F. Kennedy 1960 Signed Photograph

Description: Vintage matte-finish 11 x 14 Alfred Eisenstaedt portrait of Kennedy taken after being nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate in August of 1960, signed and inscribed in the bottom border in fountain pen, "For Tony Akers, with confidence and high esteem from his friend, John F. Kennedy." Matted to an overall size of 12.25 x 15.25. Small areas of emulsion loss along bottom edge, impinging on the very bottoms of a couple letters of signature, and a few light creases, otherwise fine condition. Akers was an old Navy acquaintance of Kennedy's, and during the 1960 presidential campaign he served as chairman of Kennedy's New York campaign. Kennedy won New York, and soon after becoming president named Anthony Akers as the ambassador to New Zealand.

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John F. Kennedy 1962 Signed Photograph

Lot 2: John F. Kennedy 1962 Signed Photograph

Description: Vintage official semi-glossy 9.75 x 12.25 photo of Kennedy sitting in his favorite seat in the Oval Office, his stiff-backed rocking chair, as he engages in conversation with publisher Matthew Culligan, signed and inscribed in black ink, "For Matthew Culligan, with esteem and warm regards, John F. Kennedy." Photo is affixed to its original 12 x 17 mount and beautifully suede-matted and framed with archival materials to an overall size of 19.5 x 22.5. In fine condition. Provenance: Charles Hamilton, circa 1984.When Matthew Culligan became president and COO of the Curtis Publishing Company in 1962-responsible for the publication of the Saturday Evening Post and Ladies' Home Journal, among other things-he faced the challenge of revitalizing the public's interest in periodicals at a time when television reigned. To raise revenue, Culligan toured the country visiting corporate leaders, and asked President John F. Kennedy to provide him with anecdotes to use in pitches. This photo captures that meeting with wonderful charm, as the two casually chat in the Oval Office. Quite possibly one of the finest signed photos of JFK in existence.

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John F. Kennedy 1963 Signed Photograph

Lot 3: John F. Kennedy 1963 Signed Photograph

Description: Vintage matte-finish 10 x 8 photo of Kennedy wearing a seldom-seen fedora, walking on an airport tarmac with his joint chiefs, a Marine Corps helicopter in the background, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "For Alex Rose, with best regards from his friend, John F. Kennedy." Written in the lower right corner in an unknown hand is the date, "April 24, 1963." In fine condition, with a few scattered light surface creases and an old tape remnant along top edge of reverse.In the months leading up to the 1960 Democratic Convention, Kennedy gained the support of the powerful liberal-labor alliance, largely influenced by Alex Rose-co-founder of the American Labor Party and vice-chairman of the Liberal Party of New York. After securing the nomination in large part due to their contributions, Kennedy continued to consult with them but often disregarded their recommendations. As the party's power was beginning to slip, so to was Rose's other focus: hats. President of the Hatters' Union since 1950, he kept an office lined with pictures of himself in tandem with the famous, 'all of whom are wearing hats,' according to a 1969 New York magazine article. Included on that wall was the photo offered here, showing a rarely capped Kennedy walking alongside his Joint Chiefs. While past generations saw the hat as a sign of reaching manhood, Kennedy was part of a new generation that considered them old-fashioned (and incredibly uncomfortable)-and so, when he took the stage to give his famous 'Ask not what your country can do for you' speech after winning the presidential election with the support of Rose's party, he did it hatless. A remarkable piece, with incredible personal association to one of New York's most powerful party leaders as the shape-and fashion-of the Democratic party met a new generation.

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John F. Kennedy 1963 Signed Photograph

Lot 4: John F. Kennedy 1963 Signed Photograph

Description: Vintage glossy 10 x 8 press photo of Kennedy at his desk in the Oval Office, ceremonial pens at his side, surrounded by a throng of politicians, signed and inscribed in fountain pen as president, "For Dale Levinson-I hope to see you soon, John Kennedy." In fine condition. This photo was taken on September 24, 1963, as Kennedy was signing a bill to aid medical education. A wonderful photo that captures the essence of the office of the president, as Kennedy signs a bill into law with those who shaped it standing by with pride.

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John F. Kennedy 1961 Typed Letter Signed

Lot 5: John F. Kennedy 1961 Typed Letter Signed

Description: TLS as president, one page, 5.5 x 8.5, White House letterhead, October 5, 1961. Letter of thanks to Jack Landau. In full: "The performance of Shakespeare last evening in the White House was a very exciting one from many points of view. Mrs. Kennedy and I appreciate so much of your fine efforts in directing the production, and I hope you will express my thanks to the actors, actresses, and technicians who worked so hard to make it the success it was. We were very proud of our American theater last night, and thank you again for everything you did to make it a memorable performance." Double-matted and framed with a color portrait of Kennedy to an overall size of 21.25 x 16. In fine condition. The performance referenced in the letter was done in conjunction with a state dinner for Sudanese President Ferik Ibrahim Abboud. Landau directed a series of excerpts from Shakespeare's works done in an American key.

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John F. Kennedy 1962 Typed Letter Signed

Lot 6: John F. Kennedy 1962 Typed Letter Signed

Description: TLS as president signed "John Kennedy," two pages, 7 x 10.25, White House letterhead, January 5, 1962. Letter to Stuart List, publisher of Chicago's American. In part: "It is with pleasure that I send congratulations to Chicago's American on the dedication of its new building. This structure, and the modern plant it houses is eloquent testimony to the strength and prosperity of our free press. We can all feel pride in the skill, intelligence and resourcefulness of the publishers, writers, editors, and the many thousands who are responsible for producing our nation's newspapers each day. With the vast freedom enjoyed by the press of this country has come a great responsibility to the public, a responsibility which cannot be minimized. To carry out this responsibility, the press must constantly exert every effort to present to the American people full and factual information. The history of our nation is a tribute to an informed citizenry-one which is capable of making rapid strides in progress at home and able to rally in times of world crises. The complexity of world problems today makes it imperative that we are well informed and understand our role in world affairs. I am grateful to Chicago's American for the role it has played in helping to inform the people." In fine condition, with mild edge toning from previous display. An eloquent letter in which Kennedy praises the American tradition of free press as guaranteed by the First Amendment; interestingly, another press outlet-Time magazine-named JFK 'Man of the Year' on this very day.

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John and Robert Kennedy 1962 Joint-signed Judicial Appointment

Lot 7: John and Robert Kennedy 1962 Joint-signed Judicial Appointment

Description: Partly-printed DS, signed "John F. Kennedy," as president, and "Robert F. Kennedy," as attorney general, one page, 20 x 16, June 11, 1962. President Kennedy appoints Thomas D. Quinn a "Judge of the Municipal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia." Signed at the conclusion by John F. Kennedy and countersigned by Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy. Document is affixed to an identical size board and is in fine condition, with a few spots of scattered light foxing and faint staining along edges. The gold foil seal is crisp and intact. Only three Kennedy double-signed documents have come to auction over the last decade, with all three being presidential pardons. The same day that Kennedy signed this appointment, he gave the commencement speech at Yale University, where he was awarded an honorary degree. In his speech, he acknowledged global insecurity, which would soon come to the forefront as the Cuban Missle Crisis took shape later that year.

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John F. Kennedy 1963 Signed State of the Union Typed Manuscript

Lot 8: John F. Kennedy 1963 Signed State of the Union Typed Manuscript

Description: Incredibly rare signed manuscript of Kennendy's third and final State of the Union address, given on January 14, 1963, on 17 pages of legal-size 8.5 x 14 White House watermarked paper. Kennedy's final State of the Union address was quite memorable as he touched upon the nation's economy and several areas of foreign policy, including Cuba, China's invasion of India, West Berlin, and Vietnam. In part: "I can report to you that the state of this old but youthful Union, in the 175th year of its life, is good. At home, the recession is behind us. Well over a million more men and women are working today than were working 2 years ago. The average factory work week is once again more than 40 hours; our industries are turning out more goods than ever before; and more than half of the manufacturing capacity that lay silent and wasted 100 weeks ago is humming with activity. In short, both at home and abroad, there may now be a temptation to relax. For the road has been long, the burden heavy, and the pace consistently urgent. But we cannot be satisfied to rest here. This is the side of the hill, not the top. The mere absence of war is not peace. The mere absence of recession is not growth. We have made a beginning-but we have only begun...Through hot wars and cold, through recession and prosperity, through the ages of the atom and outer space, the American people have never faltered and their faith has never flagged. If at times our actions seem to make life difficult for others, it is only because history has made life difficult for us all...I think these are proud and memorable days in the cause of peace and freedom. We are proud, for example, of Major Rudolf Anderson who gave his life over the island of Cuba. We salute Specialist James Allen Johnson who died on the border of South Korea. We pay honor to Sergeant Gerald Pendell who was killed in Viet-Nam. They are among the many who in this century, far from home, have died for our country. Our task now, and the task of all Americans is to live up to their commitment." Signed on the final page in black ink, "John F. Kennedy." In fine condition, with a staple hole to top right corner of each page.On January 14, 1963, President Kennedy stood before a joint session of the US Congress to deliver his third, and what would become his final, State of the Union address. Memorable in its tone of confidence in both the nation's domestic prospects and its foreign policy, the address highlighted recent achievements-a decrease in unemployment and an increase in industry, the peaceful resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and easing tensions with Vietnam, among others-but warned against the continuing threat of Communist nations. Discussing tensions within the Communist bloc, he warns, "hope must be tempered with caution. For the Soviet-Chinese disagreement is over means, not ends. A dispute over how best to bury the free world is no grounds for Western rejoicing." Remembering those who gave their lives in Cuba, South Korea, and Vietnam, he proclaims, "difficult days need not be dark. I think these are proud and memorable days in the cause of peace and freedom," and ends his address with a note of hope. While signed copies of the press release for this memorable address can be found at auction from time to time, this official White House release, holding the watermarked presidential seal, is of the utmost rarity. A pristine and highly desirable piece from a historic moment.

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy 1962 Signed Book

Lot 9: John and Jacqueline Kennedy 1962 Signed Book

Description: Signed book: The White House. Special limited edition of 75 copies (this being No. 33a). Washington, DC: White House Historical Association, 1962. Red leather hardcover with "MF" at bottom right, 7.25 x 10.25, 130 pages. Signed and inscribed on the colophon, "For Mike Feldman, with warm personal regards, John F. Kennedy," and "Jacqueline Kennedy," with John adding, "Christmas 1962," under his wife's signature. Autographic condition: fine, with a couple of light brushes to Jacqueline's signature. Book condition: VG+/None. Red leather-covered boards with gilt title and beautiful marbled endpapers; few minor scuffs to covers, otherwise NF condition.During their official Christmas party, held on December 12, 1962, President and Mrs. Kennedy presented each member of the Kennedy administration with a stunning, red leather-bound copy of the Executive Mansion's story, the publication of which was overseen by the first lady as part of her restoration and preservation of the White House. This copy, inscribed, "with warm personal regards" to "Mike" Feldman, undoubtedly held much deeper regards than could be conveyed through these four words inside a book cover. Myer ("Mike") Feldman began working closely with Kennedy in 1957 as a legislative assistant, and had found his place as a close confidante by the time the Senator earned the Democratic nomination for the 1960 presidential election. He played a crucial role in Kennedy's success, heading the research team that maintained 'Nixopedia,' a compendium of Nixon's every utterance, vote, and potential weakness that would help during crucial debates with their Republican opponent. After Kennedy's election, Feldman remained by his side, serving as deputy special counsel to the president, writing speeches, working on trade matters and legislative issues, and serving as White House liaison to several Cabinet officials. He also provided invaluable insight into the American Jewish community and Israel's emerging nuclear arms program. A gorgeous book centered on one of Jacqueline Kennedy's most memorable contributions during her time as first lady, made exponentially more desirable by its inscription to a close friend and loyal staff member to the president through the most important years of his career.

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John F. Kennedy 1963 Typed Letter Signed

Lot 10: John F. Kennedy 1963 Typed Letter Signed

Description: TLS as president, one page, 7 x 10, White House letterhead, January 26, 1963. Letter to California Governor Edmund Brown. In full: "I certainly agree with the thought of your letter of January 11 as to the wisdom of the Federal-state collaboration in planning for emergency and post attack operations. The Secretary of Defense has been asked to evaluate the staff study prepared by your task force, and to communicate directly with you concerning technical and procedural matters involved, as well as to advise me further concerning Department of Defense findings. I appreciate your interest in the Administration's efforts to advance the civil defense program." Impressively matted and framed with two portraits of Kennedy, a patch of the presidential seal, and two large commemorative plates, one being a gold-inlaid, sterling silver portrait plate issued in a limited edition by the Franklin Mint in the early-to-mid 1970s, to an overall size of 37.75 x 29. A couple of horizontal folds lightly passing through portions of signature, staple holes to top left, two office stamps and several passages of text underlined in red, otherwise fine condition.Shortly after taking office in 1961, President Kennedy created the Office of Civil Defense to oversee the nation's non-military defense programs. Narrowly avoiding nuclear conflict in the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy assigned the OCD the enormous task of managing the Community Fallout Shelter Program. Though many members of Congress felt that the Federal government was overstepping its bounds into individual states' responsibilities, the program moved forward, creating a network of concrete-lined underground fallout shelters sufficient to serve as a refuge for millions of people in case of nuclear war. An excellent letter in response to California Governor Edmund Brown's contribution for his state's participation in the Shelter Program, involving one of Kennedy's fastest moving projects, designed to help set his country at ease despite the ever-present threats of the Soviet Union. Oversized.

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John F. Kennedy Autograph Note Signed

Lot 11: John F. Kennedy Autograph Note Signed

Description: ANS signed "Jack," one page, 6.25 x 5.75, no date. Note to friend and confidante Dave Powers. In full: "Remind me after the first of the year about arranging Father Cavanaugh's luncheon-and also getting hold of young Grozier at Georgetown." In fine condition, with a central horizontal fold resulting in some brushing to ink on left side. Father Cavanaugh was the personal priest of the Kennedy family and a longtime friend of Joe Kennedy.

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy 1963 Signed Christmas Card

Lot 13: John and Jacqueline Kennedy 1963 Signed Christmas Card

Description: Rare official White House Christmas card from 1963, measuring 4.5 x 6.5 closed, picturing a color image of the Creche in the East Room on the front. Card opens to a size of 9 x 6.5, with an embossed seal at the top and a pre-printed sentiment that reads, "With our wishes for a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year," and signed below the sentiment in black ink by John Kennedy and in blue ink by Jacqueline Kennedy. In fine, clean condition. Two variations of these cards were ordered, some with "Blessed Christmas" omitted, and many with facsimile signatures. Kennedy returned to Washington on the evening of November 18 from a trip to Florida. Sometime between his return and the evening of the 20th, both the president and first lady began to sign the cards at their leisure, but none were ever sent. These dual-signed cards were relatively unknown, even to the Kennedy Library, until the mid-1980s.

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John F. Kennedy 1963 Signed Appointment of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., as Ambassador to Vietnam

Lot 14: John F. Kennedy 1963 Signed Appointment of Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., as Ambassador to Vietnam

Description: Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 15.25 x 11.5, August 1, 1963. President Kennedy appoints Henry Cabot Lodge "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Viet-Nam authorizing you hereby to do and perform all such matters and things as to the said place or Office." Nicely signed at the conclusion by Kennedy and countersigned by Secretary of State Dean Rusk. In fine condition, with some mild toning and foxing around edges. The large paper seal is toned, but intact and crisp.After losing the 1952 Massachusetts senatorial election to Congressman Kennedy, Lodge was named ambassador to the United Nations, a position that he held for seven years-a record length of service as such-before resigning to run as Nixon's vice-presidential candidate in the 1960 election. Suffering another tough loss, Lodge held a non-governmental position with the Atlantic Institute until President Kennedy called him back to Washington to serve as the US Ambassador to South Vietnam-a crucial position, as US involvement escalated there. With his extensive experience in international relations, Kennedy's former political opponent was quick to take action, determining that Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem was the key figure in his country's troubles. On orders from the Kennedy administration, Lodge had conveyed to the South Vietnamese opposition that the United States would not thwart any proposed coup. Diem was overthrown and eventually assassinated during a coup by opposition South Vietnamese generals beginning on November 1, 1963, sparking a rapid succession of leaders, increased political instability in the South, and a surge of violence from the Viet Cong. Selecting his rival to serve this ambassadorship at such a critical time in Vietnam's history, this is an incredibly important appointment.

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John F. Kennedy's Pen Used to Sign the 1961 Peace Corps Act

Lot 15: John F. Kennedy's Pen Used to Sign the 1961 Peace Corps Act

Description: Presidential Lucite and black plastic Esterbrook fountain pen measuring 6" long, with "The President-The White House," printed on the clear portion of the pen. Pen comes with its original cardboard box which is labeled in blue ink, "Humphry" [sic], along with "HR7500 87293 P.L.," the identification numbers assigned to the bill and law, all most likely done in a White House employee's hand. Pen was originally housed in the collection of William H. Perkins, Jr. Perkins served on Presidential Inaugural Committees in 1961, 1965, 1969, and 1973. He was a lifelong lobbyist, first for Continental Casualty where he arranged the insurance coverage for President Kennedy's inauguration. In 1964, he was appointed by President Johnson as a member of the National Armed Forces Museum Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Institution; he was reappointed by Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, and Ronald Reagan.Also included is a TLS, signed as president, one page, 6.5 x 8.5, White House letterhead, April 23, 1962. Letter to Rt. Rev. Msgr. William J. Murphy of Saint Joseph's Church reads, in full: "It gives me great pleasure to send hearty greetings to you and through you to the members of Saint Joseph's Church as you celebrate the centennial of its founding. I note that by a happy coincidence this, also, marks the 40th anniversary of your ordination. In sending best wishes to the congregation and to you, may I express the hope that all the fine things accomplished during the past may be but a forerunner of nobler achievements in the future." Both the pen and letter are nicely cloth-matted and framed with a portrait of Kennedy to an overall size of 25.25 x 20. In fine condition. After first introducing the bill to create the Peace Corps in 1957, Humphrey played a key role in pushing Kennedy's bill through the Senate; this pen is an exceptional token of appreciation from the president for his persistence.

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John F. Kennedy's Pen Used to Sign the 1963 Child and Mental Health Bill

Lot 16: John F. Kennedy's Pen Used to Sign the 1963 Child and Mental Health Bill

Description: Fountain pen used by President Kennedy to sign the Maternal and Child Health and Mental Retardation Planning Bill. Presidential Lucite and black plastic Esterbrook fountain pen measures 6˝ long has "The President-The White House," printed on the clear portion of the pen, and still retains some ink on the nib. Pen comes with a cardboard box which is labeled in an unknown hand, "#1576, Pen actually used by Kennedy." Attractively matted and framed with a descriptive plaque and a photo of Kennedy presenting a pen to Ethel at the signing to an overall size of 16 x 19. This pen was used by Kennedy in the Cabinet Room of the White House as a bill signing ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on October 24, 1963. One of several pens used that day to sign the bill, this pen was presented to Mr. John G. Fettinger, president of the National Association for Retarded Children. Pen is accompanied by a second-generation photo from the bill signing ceremony, with the president being handed one of the pens by his sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver, with Fettinger, his wife, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson and others in the background. Also included are Fettinger's official White House invitation to the bill signing, as well as its original envelope. Several other photos of Kennedy speaking on the subject, with Fettinger seated by his side, as well as several other pieces of correspondence to Fettinger from the Kennedy family, as well as Lyndon Johnson, all bearing printed signatures. According to the JFK Library, this was the second or third to last bill-signing ceremony of Kennedy's presidency, and one which was no doubt very close to his heart as mental handicap research and treatment were a personal issue for the family due in part to his sister Rosemary's affliction.

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John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy's Set of Three Owned and Worn Presidential-Era Glasses

Lot 17: John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy's Set of Three Owned and Worn Presidential-Era Glasses

Description: Three sets of personally-owned and -worn eyeglasses from John, Robert, and Ted Kennedy.A pair of prescription eyeglasses used by John F. Kennedy during his presidency, originally acquired by Inspector Floyd Boring, the Secret Service agent in charge of the White House detail, at the time of President Kennedy's assassination. Boring often accompanied the president and had Kennedy's glasses in his possession when he traveled to Tampa, Florida with him just three days before the assassination. The brown horn-rimmed prescription glasses are marked "Universal" inside the frame along with several numbers. The ends of both ear stems also bear teeth marks of Kennedy from having been chewed on by JFK. Impressively framed with hand-wrapped blue suede matting, an informational plaque, and a color portrait of Kennedy sailing, to an overall size of 22 x 14. Accompanied by a handwritten letter of provenance from Inspector Floyd Boring to noted collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, dated November 22, 1982 and written on Secret Service stationery, which reads, in part: "It pleases me to present to you the personal glasses owned and worn by President John Fitzgerald Kennedy. These are brown horn-rimmed glasses with...teeth marks on both ends of the ear stems...It was normal for him to remove his glasses during serious conversations and bite the ends...Many times I would have been in the company of the President. It was his nature not to carry personal items in his pockets. The President knew that he would be photographed frequently and did not like to be photographed wearing glasses or having his pockets full or hands encumbered. Accordingly, I was asked to carry his glasses, some cash, and his speeches...At the time of the President's death the glasses were in my possession. No one ever asked about them. I have kept and cared for them over these years." Letter additionally covers JFK's appropriate eyeglass prescription. Also included are two photos of Kennedy with these glasses, a photo of Secret Service Agent Boring holding the JFK glasses before presenting them to Amyx, and a letter to Amyx from Dr. John Lattimer, renowned JFK and Lincoln assassination historian, requesting a pair of JFK glasses with teethmarks.Robert F. Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn eyeglasses. Light brown frame prescription reading eyeglasses, marked "Universal" on the frame, originally acquired by an upstairs maid from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, and later given to optician Dr. Gerald Steinberg. The glasses are handsomely framed with rust-colored hand-wrapped suede matting, a portrait of Kennedy at work, while wearing the glasses, and a small name plaque to an overall size of 22 x 14. The right eyewire may be cracked at the upper right temple. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Steinberg to Amyx, dated November 20, 1982, which reads, in part: "I am very happy that you now own...the glasses owned and worn by Robert Francis Kennedy while he was Attorney General of the United States...The white glass lenses according to the optometrist have the following prescription: OD+1.25-0.50 x 150 and 05 + 1.00 sphere 3/4 prismdiopter base down. This prescription would indicate the glasses were needed for reading...The right eyewire is cracked...I was the Curator of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Museum...The glasses, owned and used by the Attorney General came into my hands after they were cracked...They were presented to me as Curator in 1975 by Mrs. Sullivan (indirectly), the Kennedy Compound Upstairs maid...Because the Attorney General had the eyeglasses replaced with an updated pair, these were thrown out in the trash and Mrs. Sullivan was kind enough to preserve them for posterity." Also included is a letter of provenance from Amyx, dated September 20, 1982, which states: "These eyeglasses were owned and worn by Robert Francis Kennedy while he was Attorney General of the United States...I purchased the RFK eyeglasses from Dr. Gerald J. Steinberg...he was the Curator from 1964-1977 of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial Museum. The RFK glasses were presented to Dr. Steinberg, in 1975, while he was Curator, by Mrs. Sullivan (indirectly)." A pair of Senator Ted Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn prescription eyeglasses. These brown framed half-glasses were presented directly to Amyx by Senator Kennedy himself, with the help of his Press Secretary, Melody Miller, to assist in completing this set of glasses from all three Kennedy brothers. Handsomely framed with tan-colored hand-wrapped suede matting, a color portrait of Kennedy, and a small plaque to an overall size of 22 x 14. In fine condition. Accompanied by three letters of provenance about the glasses, each on United States Senate Memorandum letterhead. The first is a memo to Senator Kennedy from Melody Miller, press secretary, which requests, "The attached is an appeal by a Mr. Raleigh Amyx...The article in the Star is similar to what you and Teddy went though except in reverse...He is very well thought of, and could be trusted to take 'reverential' care of anything you might choose to give him...Joanna suggested some old cufflinks if there are no old glasses that you would care to give him." On the memo, Kennedy has written, "Patty-Do we have any old glasses." A second letter from Miller reads, in part: "I certify that these half glasses...belonged to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. He used them at his home and at his office...After reading my memorandum, and the story about the father and son team of Raleigh and Shane Amyx who defeated cancer, he decided to contribute his extra pair of glasses to the Amyx collection. He got them at Carr & Busch Opticians, Inc. of 1815 N Street, N.W., Washington, D. C." The last letter, dated February 4, 1983, is from Amyx and corroborates the story. An incredibly well-documented grouping, and, undoubtedly, the only complete set of Kennedy eyeglasses assembled into one collection. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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John F. Kennedy's Brown Leather Watch Band

Lot 18: John F. Kennedy's Brown Leather Watch Band

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn Lord Elgin brown leather watch band removed from the gold Cartier watch, which had been engraved on the back with their wedding date, "J.F.K., 9-12-57." In overall fine condition. This historic piece is accompanied by a binder of exhaustive documentation and research detailing its history, compiled by previous owner and renowned Kennedy collector Robert L. White. A gift from Jackie to her husband in celebration of their fourth wedding anniversary, the watch-according to a letter from Kennedy's longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln to White-"was worn by President John F. Kennedy for a short while, but he then discarded it because he didn't like the wrist band." The band was then replaced with a black alligator band, and Kennedy began to wear the watch on a regular basis; he was wearing it as such on November 22, 1963.After being rushed to Parkland Hospital, Kennedy was brought to Trauma Room #1, where Nurse Diana Bowron was on duty. Included in the accompanying information with this band are a copy of her testimony before the Warren Commission and a hospital memo describing her role in treating Kennedy, in part: "Two of the doctors wished to start fluids in the President's left arm, upon which he was wearing a gold watch with a black leather strap. As this was about to fall off I removed it and placed it in my pocket for safe keeping...I ran to the blood bank and collected two units of uncrossmatched blood. I returned to the Emergency Room and...was told that the President was dead...As the body was being removed, I remembered that I still had the President's gold watch in my pocket. I ran out to the Triage desk and there I saw Mr. Wright. I gave him the gold watch and explained how I had come by it." Additional corroborating accounts, including an excerpt from O. P. Wright, Head of Security at Parkland, are also provided.The watch was then given to Special Agent Roger C. Warner; a notarized statement from Warner confirms that he picked up the watch from Mr. Wright on November 26, 1963, and sent it back to Washington. From there, Special Agent Robert Bouck released the watch to agent Clint Hill for its return to Mrs. Kennedy; a receipt from the National Archives confirms this. Before he returned it, Hill replaced the bloodied black alligator band with this original one, to spare the grieving widow the additional reminder of the gruesome event.A photocopied letter from Evelyn Lincoln to Robert White reads, in part: "Soon after Mrs. Kennedy moved out of the White House in 1964...she filled an entire room with cast offs. Dresses, yard goods, all kinds of clothing belonging to the President, herself and her children...Mrs. Kennedy invited me, among the first of many of her friends, to come to that room and choose anything I wanted...I carried away many, many very personal items."Completing the chain of ownership, Robert White has included two notarized letters, both showing images of the watch and this band, reading, in part: "This is...as I received it on June 5th, 1992 from Evelyn Lincoln...it is indeed the watch he wore for many years and was wearing the day of the assassination in Dallas. The original black Cartier alligator strap...was removed by the Secret Service and replaced with the Lord Elgin leather strap before the watch was returned to Mrs. Kennedy on December 2nd, 1963."

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John F. Kennedy's Monogrammed Shaving Kit Used as President

Lot 19: John F. Kennedy's Monogrammed Shaving Kit Used as President

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned and -used monogrammed brass shaving set. This set, made by Gillette, consists of a double-edge razor, two identical size round containers, one for powder and one to house a small brush (brush not present), both monogrammed, and two small rectangular container for replacement blades, also monogrammed. All the items are housed in their original satin-lined leather case, marked "Gillette," on the lining, with red velvet holders for each piece, which measures 4 x 5 x 1.75. Accompanied by a June 30, 1982 letter of provenance, written on White House stationery, from longtime White House maid Viola Wise which reads, in part: "The handsome Gillette shaving kit, made up of four 'gold' pieces...was owned and used by John F. Kennedy. Each piece is handsomely engraved 'J. F. K.'...While the President may have used this some as President, I was told at the time it was given to me, that President Kennedy had owned it since he was a young man. Therefore, he also would have used the set in the 1930's, 1940's, and 1950's. It was given to me by the President's valet, George Thomas, in late November 1963. Following the President's assassination, it was up to George Thomas (valet) to sort out many of the President belongings for preparation for leaving the White House with Mrs. Kennedy and the children...I was terribly fond of the President and Mrs. Kennedy. I was blessed with being so close to the family. A few other mementoes were given to me but this shaving kit was the finest because it was used so frequently by our late President." In fine condition, with expected wear to case, a bit of light crazing near hinge, and some normal tarnish to areas of brass. A very personal and fashionably elegant memento which exemplifies Kennedy's class and refinement. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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John F. Kennedy's Paisley Necktie

Lot 20: John F. Kennedy's Paisley Necktie

Description: One of John F. Kennedy's personally-owned and-worn neckties. Blue, red, and black paisley hand block printed tie bears a Chipp maker's label on the underside. Accompanied by a copy of a letter of authenticity from David J. Powers, the son of Kennedy's special assistant David F. Powers, which states, "They often shared them, which may have been why the President gave my father his blue paisley Chipp Hand Block Printed tie in August 1963 when they were at the Cape. My father carefully separated this tie from others that were his alone and preserved it among his valuable memorabilia." In fine condition.

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John F. Kennedy's Striped Necktie

Lot 21: John F. Kennedy's Striped Necktie

Description: One of John F. Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn neckties. Black silk tie with diagonal red, yellow, and white stripes bears a Jordan Marsh maker's label on the underside. Accompanied by a copy of a letter of authenticity from David J. Powers, the son of Kennedy's special assistant David F. Powers, which states, "This Jordan Marsh Company all silk black tie with red, yellow and white stripes, RN19970, was worn by JFK and subsequently ended up with my father...My father carefully separated this tie from others that were his alone and preserved it among his valuable memorabilia." In fine condition.

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John F. Kennedy's 18k Gold Presidential Ring

Lot 22: John F. Kennedy's 18k Gold Presidential Ring

Description: Elegant custom-made one-of-a-kind 18k gold handcrafted ring presented to President Kennedy by his wife Jacqueline in 1963. According to Kennedy's secretary Evelyn Lincoln it was crafted by Cartier, though due to its being privately made, it bears no official maker's mark. The 18 karat gold ring bears a detailed engraving of the presidential seal on the outside, and is hand-engraved on the inside, "J. B. K. to J. F. K." Accompanied by a November 21, 1982 letter of provenance from Kennedy's secretary Evelyn Lincoln, written on White House stationery, which reads, in part: "The 18K Gold Cartier handcrafted ring with the delicate and detailed Presidential Seal is a paramount example of a JFK personal item. After John F. Kennedy was inaugurated on January 20, 1961, it was approved for design by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Accordingly, she had it hand-engraved on the interior band with 'JBK to JFK' in an intricate script design. As I recall, it was meant to be worn by JFK on his left ring finger or the right pinkie. It was Mrs. Kennedy's policy that some personal items could not be marked by the companies chosen by her, if she selected them to create special items or high quality gifts for JFK...When the President left his Oval Office for Dallas, I accompanied him. It was such a horrible time. Anyway, he left the 'JBK to JFK' ring in his desk drawer. I retrieved it upon my return." A beautifully crafted and deeply personal gift from the First Lady. In fine, near mint condition. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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John F. Kennedy's Presidential Golf Ball Embossed

Lot 24: John F. Kennedy's Presidential Golf Ball Embossed "J.F.K."

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned golf ball, embossed in red and black in two places, "J. F. K.," circa 1962, picked up from the South Lawn of the White House, where Kennedy practiced from time to time, and retrieved by White House General Foreman Melvon O. Carter. Accompanied by an October 13, 1982 letter of provenance from Carter's widow, written on White House stationery, which reads, in part: "My husband, Melvon O. Carter...had worked for The White House from the time of President Herbert Hoover until President Richard Nixon...he would often pick up the personal golf balls of President Eisenhower, and later, President Kennedy, from the South Lawn of the White House. This President John F. Kennedy golf ball is marked JFK in black and 2 in red in two places. It reads, Steel Center and has one pen mark under the letter L to distinguish it. This was not a presentation golf ball. M. O. Carter picked up the golf ball after President Kennedy hit it while practicing his game." In fine condition. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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John F. Kennedy's Golf Ball Embossed

Lot 25: John F. Kennedy's Golf Ball Embossed "President Kennedy"

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned and -used Wilson Staff 1 golf ball, embossed "President Kennedy," picked up from the South Lawn of the White House, where Kennedy practiced from time to time, and retrieved by White House General Foreman Melvon O. Carter. Accompanied by a May 19, 1982 letter of provenance from Carter's widow, written on White House stationery, which reads, in part: "My husband, Melvon O. Carter...had worked for The White House from the time of President Herbert Hoover until President Richard Nixon...he would often pick up the personal golf balls of President Eisenhower, and later, President Kennedy, from the South Lawn of the White House. This President John F. Kennedy golf ball is marked in black letter, 'President Kennedy.' On two sides, in black letters it reads, 'Wilson Staff'...It was owned and used by the President. He loved the game of golf and was an excellent golfer...He would often practice his putting and chipping on the South Lawn of the White House. M. O. Carter picked up the golf ball after the President finished his practice." In fine condition, with some expected slight discoloration from use, as well as a single surface golf club mark. Kennedy's love of golf was well-known, as was his drive to continually improve his game, as documented here by practicing his short game right at the White House. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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John F. Kennedy's Golf Glove

Lot 26: John F. Kennedy's Golf Glove

Description: John F. Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn golf glove. Tan left-handed leather glove was worn by Kennedy during a round of golf at the Hyannis Port Country Club in July of 1962, left there after having a drink, and retrieved by Donald C. Brett, a Secret Service agent. Accompanied by a 2010 handwritten letter of provenance from Brett, which reads, in part: "This golf glove was worn by President John F. Kennedy when he was playing at The Hyannis Port Country Club in July 1962. On his way out after having a drink, he left this glove on the table where I was sitting. He never returned for it." Expected wear and soiling, and a couple cracks to the fingertips, otherwise fine condition. Despite his love for golfing, Kennedy often avoided being photographed on the links after his election, as he did not want to be compared to Dwight Eisenhower, who played very publicly. As his term continued, he softened his stance and worked hard to improve his game, even asking Arnold Palmer to critique his play. A wonderful relic from one of Kennedy's great passions.

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John F. Kennedy's Personalized Cigar and Monogrammed Handkerchief

Lot 27: John F. Kennedy's Personalized Cigar and Monogrammed Handkerchief

Description: Two items owned by President Kennedy: one unopened cigar measuring 6˝ in length, housed in its original glass tube, and retaining its impressive red and gold, personalized cigar band printed with "JFK"; and one of Kennedy's personally-owned and -used white linen handkerchiefs, hand-embroidered with his initials, "J. F. K.," in a script design. Both are handsomely framed together with a presidential blue suede mat and striking gold leaf frame, to an overall size of 13.5 x 23. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Kennedy's personal secretary Evelyn Lincoln, dated May 29, 1983 and written on White House stationery to noted collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, which reads, in part: "It is a pleasure for me to share a couple of personal items of President John F. Kennedy...One is a personal cigar with his initials on the band. The other is a white linen handkerchief, monogrammed with his intials...The cigar has never been opened and is encased in its original glass tube...The cigar and handkerchief were owned and/or used by JFK." In fine condition. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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John F. Kennedy's Personalized Wooden Humidor

Lot 28: John F. Kennedy's Personalized Wooden Humidor

Description: President Kennedy's personalized wooden humidor. Hinged mahogany humidor is engraved on the lid "President Kennedy," measures 10.25 x 7 x 2, with a 9.75 x 7 thin sheet of green felt covering most of the bottom of the cigar box. Presented to Kennedy by Philippine Ambassador Amelito R. Mutuc, and was designed to hold a total of 26 cigars, given as a gift to Kennedy. Two unopened cigars are stored inside, each 5.25˝ long, with "Specially made for President Kennedy," imprinted on the wrappers, and "Flor Fina Coronas Alhambra Manila Choicest Philippine Tobacco Sumatra Wrapper," printed on the bands.On January 21, 1963, Kennedy wrote to His Excellency Amelito R. Mutuc, Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines, Washington, D.C. The text of the letter, courtesy of the JFK Presidential Library: "Dear Mr. Ambassador: I have received the handsome, personalized, mahogany box of very fine cigars that you so thoughtfully sent to me. It was indeed kind of you to send such a generous supply of this excellent product. I know I will enjoy them and consider your gift another demonstration of the warm friendship existing between our countries. With appreciation and every good wish to you and your family. Sincerely, John F. Kennedy." Photocopies of the retained unsigned carbon of this letter in the Kennedy Library's files and a note-sized sheet of Ambassador Mutuc's stationery addressed in a secretarial hand to: "The President / The White House / Washington, D.C." are included. The latter most probably accompanied the box of cigars. Also present, from the Kennedy Library, are photocopies of five earlier letters concerning the sending and receipt of the cigars. In overall fine condition.

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John F. Kennedy's La Azora Cigar

Lot 29: John F. Kennedy's La Azora Cigar

Description: One of Kennedy's personally-owned cigars. La Azora cigar measures 5˝ long, is still contained in its original wrapper, and retains its gold and red band. Cigar was sent to Kennedy by Sheldon Dannen of the 21 Club. In fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of a certificate of authenticity from University Archives.

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John F. Kennedy's 1963 Cobalt-blue Dinner Plate

Lot 31: John F. Kennedy's 1963 Cobalt-blue Dinner Plate

Description: Cobalt-blue dinner plate specially produced for the Dinner of the Inter-American Press Association [IAPA] in honor of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, held at the Hotel Americana in Miami Beach on November 18, 1963. Plate measures 10.5˝ in diameter with gilt edging and gilt ornamentation of the presidential seal as well as the coats of arms of the IAPA's 14 member states. A manufacturer's imprint on the cream underside reads, "Syracuse - China - 93 G U.S.A." Plate originated from the Hotel Americana's Catering Sales and Service Manager Louis Ronco, to whom an entire Miami Herald feature article (a copy of which is included here) was dedicated the very next day, tracing Ronco's legacy of presidential dinners dating back to the FDR administration. Additional photocopied provenance comes in the form of three letters to Ronco that attest to his services that night; copies of the program and menu from the event; and photocopied pictures of Kennedy in his motorcade, in his hotel suite and at his head table, including an image of the Grand Ballroom with a plate shown at each setting. In fine condition.

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John F. Kennedy 1963 European Trip Lighter Gifted to a Staff Member

Lot 32: John F. Kennedy 1963 European Trip Lighter Gifted to a Staff Member

Description: A lighter from John F. Kennedy's summer 1963 European trip presented to a staff member that accompanied the president on Air Force One in the summer of 1963. Chrome-plated Zippo lighter has a large blue presidential seal on one side and is engraved on the other side, "European Trip of President Kennedy June, 1963." This was a personal gift from the President for those accompanying him on this, his last European trip where he visited Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Rome, and the Vatican. In fine condition, with a bit of slight wear from use. While these lighters were given out to dignitaries and staff members, they appear at auction infrequently. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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John F. Kennedy's Engraved 10k Gold-plated Lighter

Lot 33: John F. Kennedy's Engraved 10k Gold-plated Lighter

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned lighter. The 10k gold plated butane lighter measures 2.5 x 1.5 x .5, bears a blue presidential seal on the front, and is engraved on both sides, "J. F. K." This lighter was presented by Kennedy to longtime White House Doorman Preston Bruce, and is accompanied by an August 21, 1983 letter from Bruce to noted collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, written on White House stationery. The letter reads, in part: "The...gold-plated butane lighter with the initials 'J. F. K.' engraved on both sides was owned by President John F. Kennedy...From 1953-1977, I was the White House Doorman. During those years I had the privilege of serving five Presidents...In this capacity I was trusted to be in close proximity to the Oval Office and the President. After hearing of your vast Presidential collection...I would like for you to have this lighter which was given to me personally by President Kennedy. He was always so very kind to me and always thanking me for my long and steadfast service." In fine, and apparent, unused condition. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's Nautical Themed Ornamental Box

Lot 34: Jacqueline Kennedy's Nautical Themed Ornamental Box

Description: President and Mrs. Kennedy's personally-owned and -used nautical-themed ornamental box. Wooden box measures 5.25 x 6.25 x 3. Encased in the flip top lid is a seashore design with aqua colored shells and a seashore set on a painted background. Inside the box is a double deck of playing cards set within a green plastic marble design holder. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Kennedy's personal secretary Mary Gallagher, who received the box from Kennedy.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's Gold Brocade Shoes Worn during Her 1961 Trip to Paris

Lot 35: Jacqueline Kennedy's Gold Brocade Shoes Worn during Her 1961 Trip to Paris

Description: Stunning white and gold brocade heeled shoes worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy during her 1961 visit to Paris with President John F. Kennedy. The size 10AA evening shoes feature beautiful gold brocade to the front and a short wooden heel. It was during this memorable trip that President Kennedy famously quipped, 'I am the man that accompanied Jacqueline to Paris and I have enjoyed doing so,' which endeared the couple to the European press. Accompanied by a January 22, 1981 letter of provenance from Jane Abbate to noted collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, which reads, in part: "These personal Kennedy items came to me by way of Secret Service Agent John J. O'Leary, better known as 'Muggsy'...The evening slippers...were worn by Jackie Kennedy on the trip to France where she received so much attention." At the bottom of the detailed provenance letter, Evelyn Lincoln, the president's secretary of twelve years, has added a handwritten note which reads, "Muggsy was a dear friend of mine and when he said these items are authentic, I believe him." In fine condition, with a bit of light wear from use. The Kennedy's trip to France was met with much fanfare as crowds lined the streets to get a look at the couple. Jackie charmed both Charles de Gaulle and Andre Malraux at a state dinner, where she planted the initial seeds of bringing the Mona Lisa to America. Provenance: The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's Black Velvet Outfit

Lot 36: Jacqueline Kennedy's Black Velvet Outfit

Description: Jacqueline Kennedy's personally-owned outfit. Black velvet two-piece outfit by Modern Jr., Gale and Gale, consisting of a pullover top with a bateau neckline, three-quarter length sleeves, and a matching bow at the waist front, and a straight-line skirt with a side zipper and back hem pleat. Inside of the top's collar is a small tab reading, "Lot 1 Size A." Accompanied by a copy of a 2001 letter of authenticity from Mary Barelli Gallagher, Senator Kennedy's secretary from 1953-1956 and Mrs. Kennedy's personal secretary from 1956-1964, stating, in part: "Since receiving this, it has remained in my possession at my home in Alexandria, Virginia." Also included is a copy of a 2003 certificate of authenticity signed by Gallagher from Hantman's Auction of Kennedy documents and artifacts. According to Gallagher's letter of authenticity, this outfit was "acquired from Mrs. Kennedy during one of her regular periodic, closet-cleaning sessions at her Georgetown/White House residences." In her 1969 book, My Life with Jacqueline Kennedy, she recounts the occasions, writing, 'From the racks would fall a large collection of suits, dresses, coats, blouses, slacks, and other paraphernalia, which would then be sorted into two heaps-the one for resale, the other for us.' What didn't stay with Gallagher and the other household help was sold through Encore, a clothing consignment store in New York. A stunning example of the first lady and fashion icon's gracefully refined style, which captured the attention of the world for generations to come.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue Silk Slacks

Lot 37: Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue Silk Slacks

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn slacks. Teal blue textured silk slacks, size 12, with side zipper and one button closure, bear an "Emilio S.R.L. Made in Italy Capri-Florence" maker's label. In fine condition, with discoloration at waist band, and a small stain on right leg at knee level. Accompanied by a copy of a certificate of authenticity from Mary Gallagher, Kennedy's personal secretary. Provenance: Robert L. White Collection, Guernsey's, 2005.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue Mohair Winter Coat

Lot 38: Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue Mohair Winter Coat

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn coat. Blue mohair winter coat features two rows of five large buttons, only one still attached, with a Lord and Taylor manufacturer's label sewn inside the collar. Jacket was sold to Mary Gallagher during the 1960 presidential campaign when Gallagher had no time to shop for a coat. Discoloration to jacket from buttons, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of a certificate of authenticity from Mary Gallagher, Kennedy's personal secretary. Provenance: Robert L. White Collection, Guernsey's, 2005.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue and White Striped Bathing Suit

Lot 39: Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue and White Striped Bathing Suit

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn bathing suit. Blue and white striped cotton one-piece suit, size 10/32, has narrow shoulder straps and back zipper, five flat white buttons down the bodice, and is fully lined in white cotton. Inside bears a "Catalina Created in California" manufacturer's label. In fine condition, with minor rust stain dots near back waist and inside bodice, some discoloration on front top from storage. Accompanied by a copy of a certificate of authenticity from Mary Gallagher, Kennedy's personal secretary. Provenance: Robert L. White Collection, Guernsey's, 2005.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's Floral Nightgown

Lot 40: Jacqueline Kennedy's Floral Nightgown

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn nightgown. White flannel brushed cotton long-sleeve nightgown measures approximately 48˝ in length, size 34, with pastel floral decoration, lace trim around neck, decorative embroidery at yoke, ruffled edge hem, and four buttons down the front. In fine condition, with some scattered light discoloration. Accompanied by a copy of a certificate of authenticity from Mary Gallagher, Kennedy's personal secretary. Provenance: Robert L. White Collection, Guernsey's, 2005.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue Nightgown

Lot 41: Jacqueline Kennedy's Blue Nightgown

Description: Kennedy's personally-owned and -worn nightgown. Pale blue nylon long-sleeve nightgown with a Peter Pan collar trimmed in narrow white lace, front bodice panels bordered with same lace and embroidered in pink "Sweet Dreams," amidst flowers, belt loops, and a two-snap closure (one missing). In fine condition, with missing belt, loss to nylon in right sleeve, and two holes. Accompanied by a copy of a certificate of authenticity from Mary Gallagher, Kennedy's personal secretary. Provenance: Robert L. White Collection, Guernsey's, 2005.

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Jacqueline Kennedy's Gold and Mother-of-Pearl Photo Case

Lot 42: Jacqueline Kennedy's Gold and Mother-of-Pearl Photo Case

Description: Jacqueline Kennedy's personally-owned small gold and mother-of-pearl photo case. Case has an opalescent cover, measures 1.25 x 1.25 closed, and opens to a size of 2.5 x 1.25, with two reproduction photos of John, Jr. and Caroline Kennedy inside, which slide under a gold metal rim and a plastic insert. Mrs. Kennedy used this to carry photos of her children, keeping it at the White House and sometimes in her purse. Accompanied by a 1992 letter of provenance from Evelyn Lincoln, which reads, "This small gold box with ivory lid to be used for small pictures...was discarded by Mrs. John F. Kennedy shortly after November 22, 1963 as she was packing to leave the White House shortly thereafter." In fine condition. A very personal memento kept close to Jackie. Provenance: The Robert L. White Collection; Guernsey's, 2005.

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John F. Kennedy and John Jr. Official Photograph that Once Hung in the White House

Lot 43: John F. Kennedy and John Jr. Official Photograph that Once Hung in the White House

Description: Iconic original vintage 9 x 12.5 photo of President Kennedy seated at his desk in the Oval Office while John, Jr., peers through a 'secret door' at the front of the desk, photographed by Stanley Tretick. Matted and housed in its original frame to an overall size of 13.75 x 17.5. Accompanied by a 1992 letter of provenance from Kennedy's personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, which reads, in part: "This famous picture...was framed and hung in Kennedy's small room near the Oval Office until November 23, 1963, when it was removed." In fine condition, with a few trivial ripples. Assigned to travel with the up-and-coming senator in 1960, United Press International photojournalist Stanley Tretick logged more miles with Kennedy during the presidential campaign than any other photographer, quickly building a strong friendship and mutually beneficial business relationship. When Kennedy took office in 1961, Tretick secured a job with Look Magazine with the promise of extensive access to the White House from the newly elected president himself. Despite Jackie's constant fight to shield her children from public view, Kennedy understood the public relations value of images that showed him with his young family and, while his wife was out of the country in October of 1963, allowed Tretick to follow him and John, Jr. around the White House for an article on the father-son pair. This charming image, Tretick's most famous by far, encapsulates the myth of Camelot, showing Kennedy at work as both the devoted President and the loving father.

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy's 1960 Baby Gift

Lot 44: John and Jacqueline Kennedy's 1960 Baby Gift

Description: Baby gift presented to the Kennedys on the occasion of the birth of John F. Kennedy, Jr. in November of 1960. Baby boy doll, 7.75" high, fully dressed in a blue-and-off-white knit outfit with matching blue knit hat, white shoes and socks, and white wood Doll Table with fold-down section revealing a seat for the doll. Two colorful bear decals adorn the tabletop. Clothing and baby table appear to be handmade. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Kennedy's personal secretary Mary Gallagher.

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John and Caroline Kennedy Photograph

Lot 45: John and Caroline Kennedy Photograph

Description: Adorable vintage oversized 15.5 x 19.25 matte-finish photo of John Kennedy walking hand in hand with young Caroline, a small bouquet of flowers in her other hand, affixed to a slightly larger board. In fine condition, with some light soiling to upper right.

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John F. Kennedy, Jr's Baby Shirt

Lot 46: John F. Kennedy, Jr's Baby Shirt

Description: John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s personally-owned and -worn baby shirt, worn as a toddler. Seersucker top with a blue striped collar, three button front, and two hand-embroidered blue lambs on the front. Top also bears a Health-Tex manufacturer's label sewn into the collar. An area of mild discoloration to the front and arms, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a copy of a certificate of authenticity from University Archives.

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Kennedy Family Photographs

Lot 47: Kennedy Family Photographs

Description: Four original vintage matte-finish 8 x 10 photos, all obtained from White House storage after Kennedy's assassination. One photo shows the Kennedy family standing outside of their chapel on Easter Sunday; one shows Jackie posing with young John, Jr., and Caroline; and two show President and Mrs. Kennedy at a function. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter from noted Kennedy collector Robert L. White which reads, in part: "Herewith several original JFK photos from 1961-63. They are ones left over from the White House storage area after his death."

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John F. Kennedy 1960 Photograph Announcing Birth of John, Jr.

Lot 48: John F. Kennedy 1960 Photograph Announcing Birth of John, Jr.

Description: Original vintage glossy 8.75 x 12.5 press photo of a euphoric Kennedy behind a set of microphones as he announced the birth of his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., on November 25, 1960. Reverse bears original Life magazine news stamps and notations, attributing the photo to staff photographer Albert Fenn. One stamp reads, "Used in Life, Dec. 5 1960," with a ballpoint notation below, "page 36." Nicely matted and framed to an overall size of 22 x 26; an image of the photo's reverse is affixed to the frame's backing. In fine condition, with a few light, unobtrusive surface creases to the bottom. Accompanied by an original issue of the December 5th Life magazine, which features the photo, captioned: "Elated while greeting press, Kennedy announces, after seeing son, that baby and wife are doing fine." This historic photo depicts Kennedy at a zenithal crossroads of his personal and political life-in addition to welcoming his only son into the world, he had won the presidential election just two weeks earlier.

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John and Jacqueline Kennedy Inaugural Parade Photograph

Lot 49: John and Jacqueline Kennedy Inaugural Parade Photograph

Description: Original vintage glossy 10 x 8 photo of John and Jacqueline Kennedy riding in a convertible during the inaugural parade on January 20, 1961. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from the daughter of Kennedy's friend and governor of Rhode Island, John A. Notte, Jr., in part: "This picture of the Kennedys on inauguration day, January 20, 1961, is one of a kind. I along with my family went to Washington D.C. for the inauguration...My father, at his own expense, took along his personal state photographer...We had front row seats along the parade route...This picture has never been published-it has always been in my family." An outstanding image that perfectly captures exuberance of the day.

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John and Jaqueline Kennedy Inaugural Ball Photograph

Lot 50: John and Jaqueline Kennedy Inaugural Ball Photograph

Description: Semi-glossy 11 x 14 photo of Kennedy beside Jackie looking over the enormous crowd at their inaugural ball, by Paul Schutzer of Life magazine. Some light creasing to the corners, otherwise fine condition.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Inauguration Ticket

Lot 51: John F. Kennedy Presidential Inauguration Ticket

Description: Original unused ticket to Kennedy's inauguration, 6 x 2.5, held on January 20, 1961. Silver ticket is issued for an "Honored Guest," holding a reserved seat. In fine condition.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Inauguration Invitation

Lot 52: John F. Kennedy Presidential Inauguration Invitation

Description: Original embossed invitation to Kennedy's presidential inauguration on January 20, 1961. One page invitation measures 6.25 x 10. In fine condition.

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John F. Kennedy Presidential Inauguration Ticket and Invitation Issued to Eleanor Roosevelt

Lot 53: John F. Kennedy Presidential Inauguration Ticket and Invitation Issued to Eleanor Roosevelt

Description: Eleanor Roosevelt's invitation and ticket to John F. Kennedy's 1961 presidential inauguration. The embossed three-page invitation measures 6.5 x 10, and bears portraits of Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, both with printed signatures; her ticket to the presidential platform, 4.5 x 2.5, with her seating assignment stamped on the reverse, "The President's Stand," Row C, seat 9; and a program for the inaugural ceremonies, 6.25 x 9, with its red, white, and blue ribbon. All three items are housed in their original numbered envelope, with Roosevelt's seating assignment on the front, as well as "Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt," written on the front in another hand. In fine condition. As noted by historian Richard Reeves, Mrs. Roosevelt 'had refused to sit on the inaugural platform with Kennedy and his family, wrapping herself in a mink coat and an Army blanket in the crowd below the stand.' While inaugural tickets and invitations are available, those for important dignitaries, with seating very close to the president, are seldom seen.

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