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November 20, 2013

Worldwide audience expected to bid at JFK auction

AMESBURY ­— All eyes will be on Amesbury this weekend as one of the largest collections of John F. Kennedy memorabilia ever assembled will be auctioned off in a sale timed to mark the 50th anniversary of the President’s death.

“The Legends Auction” will include just under 1,600 lots, which will be sold off by John McInnis Auctioneers over the course of three days starting on Friday afternoon. The collection includes a wide array of JFK related photos, letters, documents and items, along with other items related to notable people like Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Ernest Hemingway.

The auction will also include rare footage of the assassination taken by the Secret Service, showing the actual moment of the shooting from inside the motorcade and the events just prior to and following the shooting.

Since it was first announced late last month, the auction has drawn international attention and is expected to attract bids from all over the world. Dan Meader, an appraiser for McInnis, said the inclusion of items connected to the world of Hollywood and fashion has generated wide interest from people beyond just history and political enthusiasts.

“We’ve gotten national and international press from all sorts of major publications,” said appraiser Dan Meader. “The Daily Mail, Vogue International, we’ve been all over the place with coverage from every avenue.”

The auction will be divided into three sessions, with the first starting on Friday at 3 p.m. and the next two starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The collection is available for preview every day this week from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and then on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. until the end of each day’s session. All previews are free and open to the public.

Each session will feature a slightly different theme, with the first session focusing primarily on Kennedy photographs and the Hemingway items, the second including most of the big-ticket Kennedy items like his rocking chair and fedora, and the third having a heavy Hollywood influence. The assassination footage will be included in the first session.

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