JFK's rocking chair, fedora, original watercolors, more will be auctioned Nov. 22-24 by John McInnis On Nov. 22-24, John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, Mass., will present “THE LEGENDS AUCTION”. In three sessions, over 1,500 lots will be sold related to President Kennedy and his contemporaries.
News-Antique.com - Nov 05,2013 - (Amesbury, MA.) - As the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination approaches, the media and the entire world is recalling not only that tragic day but also celebrating the life of John F. Kennedy, his family, and the legacy of Camelot. Beginning on November 22nd, John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, MA will present “THE LEGENDS AUCTION”. This event holds within it intrigue, mystery, controversy, and fact. In three sessions over three days over 1,500 lots will be sold related to President Kennedy, his family and his contemporaries from that important era in American history: Hollywood mogul Milton Ebbins, President Kennedy’s brother-in-law Peter Lawford, Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemingway and many more.
The sale will begin with a completed Warren Report, autographed by each of the commission members, original Associated Press wire bulletins from the days surrounding the President’s death, and the Wall Street ticker tape from the day of the shooting.
“A Tribute to Jackie,” is a collection of 55 signed photos by world-renowned photographer Jacques Lowe, who personally selected the images, which cover the years 1958 through 1963. The collectio has toured the country on exhibition, and proceeds from the sale of these photographs will benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lowe’s negatives were stored at the World Trade Center and were destroyed on September 11, 2001.
A collection of Ernest Hemingway handwritten letters, signed books, private photographs, and bullfighting memorabilia comes from the Estate of his personal secretary and close friend Roberto Herrera Sotolongo, a Spanish expat that lived in Cuba. The letters and photos reveal a colorful and complex portrait of the author in the last decade of his life.
Other lots reveal intimate portraits of the Kennedy family and friends at work and at play. There are many items and photos from JFK’s cherished days by the sea in Hyannis Port including the rocking chair from the “Summer White House” in Hyannis Port. There is a collection including JFK’s cashmere blazer and other personal items from the estate of Kirk Lemoyne “Lem” Billings, JFK’s prep school roommate and lifelong friend. As young men, Billings and Kennedy toured Europe, and even bought a dog together. Billings served as an usher at JFK’s wedding, was a frequent guest with his own room at the White House, and remained close with the Kennedy family after JFK’s death. Items from the collection of Willy Schaeffler, former US Ski Team coach, ski resort designer, and close friend of Bobby and Ethel, also show rare photos of the Kennedy’s sporting and leisure lives including images of ski vacations, white water rafting and camping trips, and vacationing in Cape Cod.
Professional photographs and negatives, most previously unpublished, will include additional work by Jacques Lowe, the negatives from an engagement photoshoot of John F. & Jacqueline Kennedy by famed photographer Hy Peskin, a collection of Kennedy photos from Cape Cod based photojournalist Frank Falacci, and iconic images of Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and others by celebrity photographer Frank Mastro,