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Cambridge (Massachusetts), Feb. 18 (Reuters): Thousands of items that belonged to a long-time aide of President John F. Kennedy sold for as much as $2 million in an auction that ended today, nearly 50 years after the President’s assassination.
A top sale item in the bidding that began yesterday morning was Kennedy’s Air Force One bomber jacket, which sold for $570,000 plus a buyer’s premium, far greater than the expectation of a $20,000 to $40,000 final bid.
A birthday card from his son, the late John F. Kennedy Jr, fetched $17,000, a flag flown on Kennedy’s motorcade limousine sold for $55,000, while a seal that hung above the aide’s desk in the West Wing sold for $17,000, excluding buyers’ premiums, said Dan Meader, auction appraiser at John McInnis Auctioneers.
The collection included letters, photographs, books and other items that had been tucked away in drawers and file cabinets at the home of David Powers, who died in 1998. They were discovered in recent years by relatives as they prepared the Arlington, Massachusetts, residence for sale.
Powers was close to the President from 1946 until his assassination on November 22, 1963.