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Handwritten notes and doodles by John F. Kennedy from the night before his assassination, November 21, 1963, accomplished in pencil on two sheets of 4 x 5.5 stationery from the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas. Jotting down notes, probably while on the telephone, Kennedy writes, "Talk with Bob & Harley," "Jackie," "Dan," "7879," and "8:00," on one sheet, and "plane trip," "Hotel," and "Sarah McCl…

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John F. Kennedy's brown leather ottoman hassock, kept in the Kennedy family's White House living quarters where it was designated as a play piece for John F. Kennedy, Jr., who loved jumping on it. The lightweight two-tone ottoman hassock measures 22″ in diameter and 13″ tall, and features an exotic golden star-and-flower motif on top, surrounded by black-and-white woven roping…

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John F. Kennedy's handwritten notes on the United Auto Workers, minimum wage, and the AFL-CIO, written in ink and pencil on two sheets of 3.75 x 5 "From the Desk of John F. Kennedy" memo paper, and one 9.25 x 4 "Jewish War Veterans" envelope. Kennedy writes: "Gene, Gene, Gene"; "Nov. 16th & 17th, Louisville, Ky, AFL-CIO, Sheraton Hotel, 312 Armory Place, Louisville, Ky"; and "Madison Aven…

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Important handwritten notes by Senator John F. Kennedy, unsigned, nine pages, 7.75 x 10.25, US Senate letterhead, no date but circa spring 1953. Only months after being elected to the US Senate, Kennedy took a leading role in the American fight to contain the Communist threat, defending democracy at home and abroad. These revealing notes represent some of Senator Kennedy's earliest thoughts o…

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John F. Kennedy's 'portable' Fisher Allegro stereo in a brown wooden case, featuring a built-in receiver, FM wideband multiplex tuner, flip-down turntable, and hinged stereo speakers. The state-of-the-art unit measures 32.75″ x 16″ x 13.5″, and includes three records: Jackie Gleason presents Champagne, Candlelight and Kisses; Music for Dining by the Melachrino String…

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John F. Kennedy’s crimson red wool cardigan sweater with shawl collar, featuring a large black block-letter “H” for his alma mater, Harvard, knitted into the the left breast. A label sewn into the collar is embroidered in red thread with his surname, “Kennedy.” The handsome, classically-styled collegiate sweater features eight brilliant white mother-of-pearl buttons …

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ALS signed “Jack,” one page both sides, 8 x 10.5, Navy Department, Submarine Chaser Training Center letterhead, no date but circa March 1944. Letter to his friend Richard Flood in Newport, Rhode Island, written just eight months after the destruction of the PT-109 torpedo boat. Kennedy makes reference to his older brother, Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., who was flying missions in Europe and …

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Scarce early glossy 7 x 9 photo of Kennedy from his first year in Congress, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "With warmest regards to Kenneth Browne, from John F. Kennedy.” Reverse bears an affixed collector's label indicating that it was signed in 1948. In very good to fine condition, with light overall creasing. In 1946, 29-year-old John F. Kennedy ran for the vacant 11th Congre…

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Amazing collection of five original vintage circa 1945 glossy candid photos, 3.5 x 5.25 and 5.25 x 3.5, portraying the 16-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier during the summer between terms at Miss Porter's School, believed to have been taken at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia. Two of the photographs are well-composed portraits of Jacqueline, aptly capturing her radiant beauty; two show her at…

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ALS signed “Jackie xo,” one page both sides, 8 x 10.5, no date but postmarked October 10, 1949. Warm letter home to her mother, written while attending university in France. In part: "Dearest Mum—There isn't anymore news but I know you like to get a lot of letters—I went out with a friend of Mone Forests to this painters for tea—she was the most wonderful cuckoo …

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TLS signed “Jack,” one page, 8 x 10.5, House of Representatives letterhead, March 12, 1951. Letter to his Harvard friend and supporter Richard R. Flood, replying to an office seeker's request. In part: "This will acknowledge receipt of your letter of March 9th…written in behalf of James P. O'Sullivan of Lowell, who is most anxious to secure employment with the federal g…

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Very rare and hard-to-find Kennedy-Bouvier wedding invitation, 4.25 x 5.75, reading, in full: "Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Dudley Auchincloss request the honor of your presence at the marriage of Mrs. Auchincloss' daughter Jacqueline Lee Bouvier to the Honorable John Fitzgerald Kennedy, United States Senate, on Saturday, the twelfth of September at eleven o'clock, Saint Mary's Church, Spring St…

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Handsome vintage matte-finish 5 x 7 photo of the Kennedys slicing their wedding cake, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, "For the Ken Brownes, With every good wish, John Kennedy" and "Jacqueline Kennedy.” Reverse bears typed collector's notations indicating that it was signed through the mail in 1954. In fine condition, with two light paperclip impressions to the top edge, and modera…

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Solid cast bronze altar gate custom-made for the Church of Saint Mary in Newport, Rhode Island, and used in the wedding ceremony of John and Jacqueline Kennedy on September 12, 1953. The heavy bronze gate measures 29.5″ x 25.25″ x 5″, and features beautiful filigree ornamentation along the top. The frame is flanked by two thick bronze hinges on one side, and has six mounting hol…

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Handwritten notes in blue ballpoint by John F. Kennedy, unsigned, one page, 8.5 x 11, no date but circa October 1960. The then-presidential candidate writes, in full: "automation in a society in which (the Soviet) civilian consumption is seriously restricted can have the effect of increasing considerably the saving for investment in new productive capacity. In another society it could be used to …

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Original "No Parking" street sign from the "Presidential Inauguration" of John F. Kennedy at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1961. The patriotically colored metal sign measures 12 x 18, with bold red and blue text reading: "Presidential Inauguration, No Parking, Midnight January 19 to Midnight January 20, 1961." In very good condition, with expected overall wear.

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Original vintage color glossy 5 x 7 photo of President John F. Kennedy his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., along the West Wing Colonnade of the White House on October 10, 1963, taken by official White House photographer Cecil W. Stoughton. Reverse bears "A Kodak Paper" watermarks, a "Cecil W. Stoughton" ink stamp, and pencil notations, "C333-4-63." In fine condition. An endearing father-and-son portra…

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Group of five autograph notes and letters by Jacqueline Kennedy, totaling seven pages on five 5 x 8 sheets of White House stationery, no dates. One letter is signed "J.," addressed to "Ted," her brother-in-law Ted Kennedy, in part: "Could you send this UN button & the proposed Peace Corps button to Sargent Shriver. Send a special messenger & mark the envelope from JFK or me—& do…

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Original vintage color glossy 7.75 x 10 photo of John, Jackie, John Jr., and Caroline during a Kennedy family vacation, sitting together on a deck with water in the distant background. Reverse bears "A Kodak Paper" watermarks. In fine condition.

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Original vintage color glossy 10 x 8 photo of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy relaxing on a boat at sea. Reverse bears "A Kodak Paper" watermarks and an ink notation, "C264-15-63." In fine condition. A beautiful close-up, casual portrait of the first lady.

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Vintage ballpoint signature of John F. Kennedy on an off-white 4.75 x 3 slip, cut from the back pastedown of a first edition of Kennedy's 1960 book The Strategy of Peace; the original page had collector’s ink notations indicating that the signature was obtained at the Miami International Airport on October 18, 1960. In very good condition, with moderate foxing and a strip of toning affe…

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Marvelous matte-finish 7.5 x 9.5 portrait of John F. Kennedy by Alfred Eisenstaedt, signed and inscribed on the mount in fountain pen, "For Senator Frank Church, a valued public servant, with the esteem and best wishes of his old friend and colleague, John Kennedy.” Archivally matted and framed to an overall size of 17 x 20. In fine condition. Accompanied by two photos of Church, one of whi…

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Original vintage glossy 10 x 8 photograph of President Kennedy and JFK Jr. meeting with West German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer on the South Lawn of the White House on November 15, 1962, taken by official White House photographer Cecil W. Stoughton. Reverse bears a Cecil W. Stoughton ink stamp and affixed address label. In fine condition, with a few small surface creases.

Sold For: $333 (w/BP) Auction #539 - November 7, 2018 View Details

Impressive collection of items relating to the “Texas Welcome Dinner” of President John F. Kennedy at the Municipal Auditorium in Austin, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Deriving from the personal collection of Dave Smith, a member of the State Democratic Executive Committee which organized the event, the collection is highlighted by several rare and one-of-a-kind items, including: an or…

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