Lot #47
John F. Kennedy Original Pencil Sketches

Amazing JFK sketches relating to the 1961 Berlin standoff
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Estimate: $1000+


Amazing JFK sketches relating to the 1961 Berlin standoff

Original pencil sketches of President John F. Kennedy on a light yellow 7.75 x 12.5 notebook sheet, unsigned, no date but circa late October 1961. The doodles consist of a small sailboat, a ladder leaning against a wall, a box with arrows pointing skyward, and a series of seven boxes, with Kennedy writing inside six of them; the uppermost box reads, “Haiti,” and the boxes in the lower right include, “this morning,” “Armored personnel carriers,” and “Berlin,” the latter of which he has written a total of three times. Page features one unintelligible word to left side, which may read “private.” These sketches date to Kennedy’s Oval Office meeting with Dr. Louis Mars, ambassador of Haiti, on October 26, 1961, as well as to the hostile faceoff between American and Soviet tanks, which included three M-59 armored personnel carriers, at the Friedrichstrasse Crossing Point in Berlin, which occurred on the very same day. On October 27th, Kennedy met with various higher-ups to discuss the situation in Berlin, and it is during this meeting that the president most assuredly made these sketches. In fine condition. In fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from JSA.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021