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Extensive collection of JFK memorabilia hits auction block
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BOSTON (AP) — One of the most comprehensive private collections of John F. Kennedy memorabilia, one that chronicles his life from childhood to the White House, is for sale.
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Hundreds of items associated with the former Democratic president are being offered as a single lot by Boston's RR Auction for a minimum of $1.5 million, although RR Executive Vice President Robert Livingston said it could get much more.
“This collection as a whole tells his life story,” Livingston said, pointing out that Kennedy's diary from the summer of 1945 alone sold at auction for nearly $719,000 in 2017. “It's like a curated museum exhibit in one auction. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts."
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The collection includes a handwritten draft of Kennedy's 1960 speech announcing his intention to run for president; hundreds of unpublished photos and negatives of Kennedy and his family; watercolors he painted; personal items including a necktie, back brace and golf balls; and even JFK and Jackie Kennedy Halloween masks.