Top 10 Most Expensive JFK Items
A list of the ten most expensive items of John F. Kennedy memorabilia ever sold at auction
century. Memorabilia from his presidency is highly sought after by collectors, intrigued by both the rumours surrounding his life and the mysteries of his death. Here we list the ten most expensive items of JFK memorabilia ever sold at auction.
10) Happy Birthday Mr President programme
A colour programme from JFK’s Marilyn Monroe-starring birthday concert ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President: New York’s Birthday Salute to President Kennedy’, held on 19 May 1962, sold at Christie’s in 2007 for $66,000.
9) Letters to John E. Maguire
A collection of handwritten letters from President Kennedy to his former PT-109 Navy crew mate John E. ‘Mac’ Maguire sold at Christie’s in 2002 for $77,675.
8) 18k Gold Presidential Ring
A custom-made 18k gold ring featuring the inscription "J.B.K to J.F.K", given to Kennedy by his wife Jackie in 1963, sold at RR Auction in 2013 for $90,000.
7) Kennedy’s rocking chair
A rocking chair used by Kennedy to ease his back pain, which he endured for years after injuring it during WWII, sold at Sotheby’s in 2005 for $96,000.
6) Love letters to Gunilla von Post
Love letters written by Kennedy to the Swedish aristocrat Gunilla von Post during their brief affair in 1953 sold at Legendary Auctions in 2010 for $115,537.
5) Birthday gift from Marilyn
A gold Rolex watch allegedly gifted to JFK by Marilyn Monroe and bearing the inscription "Jack, With love as always from Marilyn May 29th 1962." sold at Alexander Autographs in 2005 for $120,000.
4) Love letters to Inga
Another set of JFK love letters, this time to the married Danish journalist Inga Arvad (who had accompanied Adolf Hitler to the 1936 Olympics), sold at Christie’s in 2007 for $144,000.
3) Cabinet Room chairs
A pair of black leather mahogany from the Kennedy administration’s cabinet room, gifted to Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara and accompanied by a signed letter of presentation from Jacqueline Kennedy following her husband’s death, sold at Sotheby’s in 2012 for $146,500.
2) Oval Office flags
This pair of flags – the American flag and the US Presidential seal – were hung in the Oval Offive during Kennedy’s presidency. Following his assassination in 1963 the flags were gifted to his devoted personal secretary Evelyn Lincoln, and later sold at Heritage in 2013 for $425,000
1) Air Force One bomber jacket
JFK’s official Air Force One leather bomber jacket, later owned by his close friend and curator of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library David Powers, sold at a John McInnis Auctioneers sale in 2013 for a record-breaking $629,000.
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