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Lot #9057
John F. Kennedy’s Senatorial and Presidential Office Pair of Gold and Black Eagle Bookends

Bookends from JFK’s US senate office, later used in the White House

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Bookends from JFK’s US senate office, later used in the White House

Handsome set of gold-and-black eagle bookends personally-used and -displayed by John F. Kennedy in his Senate office and then later in the White House. Each bookend measures approximately 5.75 x 8 x 5.75, weighs approximately 1.5 pounds, and features an eagle with outstretched wings and perched atop a semicircular black base adorned with gold stars and a garland border. In overall fine condition, with a small chip to one wing (not detracting from the overall appearance). Accompanied by a detailed letter of provenance from Kennedy's longtime personal secretary Evelyn Lincoln on White House letterhead, dated April 12, 1982, in part: “I would like for you to have this set of eagle bookends. They were used in Senator Kennedy’s Senate office as well as later in the White House…The President accumulated several pairs of these bookends. Being an avid reader, he always had books within easy reach…He was forever enhancing his knowledge as a scholar and statesman…Over the 12-year period that I worked for JFK, many personal items were given to me as gifts. I kept all of them, but now I would like to share this set of bookends." Also accompanied by two images of Kennedy seated at his desk with the bookends. A distinguished memento from Kennedy's political career, including his time in the White House, with iron-clad provenance directly from someone who spent the entire 1000 days with JFK.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: John F. Kennedy Auction
  • Dates: #501 - Ended May 18, 2017