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.
as well as a rare and masterful dye transfer print by Owen Brown. A collection of negatives from the photographers who contributed to the Trans World Media Syndicate includes hundreds of incredibly rare images from JFK’s 1946 Congressional and 1952 Senate Campaigns including those of a young Kennedy in the dugout with Ted Wiliams and other Red Sox players at Fenway Park.
On Sunday, the third session will consist of an astonishing collection from the heir of Hollywood mogul Milton Ebbins, manager, business partner and close friend of actor Peter Lawford, President Kennedy’s brother-in-law. Together, Milton Ebbins and Peter Lawford served as liaisons between Hollywood and the Kennedy White House during the golden age of Camelot. The collection in this sale includes the records of Chrislaw Productions, the production company formed by Ebbins and Lawford. The company’s records were given to Milt by Peter when the company was dissolved and were held hidden in storage for over four decades. Records related to John F. Kennedy’s Presidential campaign reveal how for the first time in history, a candidate utilized Hollywood’s influence on the American public to win a Presidential election. A sequence of files include correspondence, notes and other items documenting how Frank Sinatra and Peter Lawford spearheaded the planning of President Kennedy’s Inaugural Gala. On May 29, 1962, President Kennedy was fêted at Madison Square Garden for his 45th birthday party. Among other items from that event, this collection includes Peter Lawford’s own original speech introducing the habitually tardy Marilyn Monroe. Milton Ebbins was backstage helping her get dressed, and in footage from that evening he can be seen running offstage after pushing Marilyn onstage as she went out to sing her sultry version of “Happy Birthday”.
In addition to the items related to President Kennedy, the files give us a behind-the-scenes view of Tinsel Town in the 1960s and the inner workings and day-to-day operations of a Hollywood production company. There are Party plans and guest lists, movie scripts including the original Ocean’s Eleven scripts, casting notes, the ransom note from the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra’s son Frank Jr., private phone logs and more related to the many of the Kennedys, the The Rat Pack: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop; Marilyn Monroe and her death, Patty Duke, Jerry Lewis, Bing Crosby, Mort Sahl, Rosemary Clooney, Elizabeth Montgomery, Count Basie, Billy Eckstine, Nat King Cole, Marlon Brando and many, many more.
With over 1,500 lots it is impossible to touch on all of the highlights. Among the more interesting and unusual lots are three original watercolors hand painting by John F. Kennedy, the President’s Fedora, recently declassified Cuban Missile Crisis material from the Estate of Dave Powers, the baby grand piano from Jackie’s childhood home on Hammersmith Farm; Jackie Kennedy’s fashion correspondence, shoes and handbags, Peter Lawford’s trademark velvet “fox” slippers, one of four original bronze sculptures by Felix de Weldon of President Kennedy, “A Golden Era of Legislative Achievement” framed collection of