A treasure trove of newly-discovered mementoes to America’s most popular President John F Kennedy is to go under the hammer next month.
The memorabilia, belonging to JFK’s special assistant David F. Powers was only found hidden away in an attic when Powers’ relatives prepared to sell the family home in Massachusetts.
The rare collection – which includes JFK’s bomber jacket, private family photos, portraits of Camelot members, handwritten letters and other rare items – is going up for auction to honour the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination.
Powers, who was the first curator of the JFK Library in Boston, died in 1998 at 85.
“Dave traveled with JFK from his political beginnings in 1946 to that tragic day in Dallas in 1963,” a description on the auctioneers website said.
The auction, which runs from February 9 to February 16, features over 650 lots and includes memorabilia involving nearly every member of the Kennedy clan, including JFK’s father, Joseph P. Kennedy, wife Jackie Kennedy, his brothers and sisters and his VIP friends..
One item is a signed copy of JFK’s Harvard senior thesis turned book, “Why England Slept.”
“For Dave — Who Never Sleeps — from his friend J. Kennedy,” the inscription to the 1961 tome reads.
Among the most prized items is JFKs leather bomber jacket sewn with the presidential seal, which he gave to Powers in 1963. The auctioneers expect it to fetch between $20,000 and $40,000.
There are scores of candid shots showing the Kennedys on vacation, official photos of JFK on the senatorial and presidential campaign trial, a 1961 Inauguration Day photo album and a signed record to Powers from Rat Packer and Kennedy pal Frank Sinatra.
The auction is being handledMcInnis Auctioneers of Amesbury, Massachusetts.