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October 23, 2013

Auction boasts more than 1,500 pieces of JFK memorabilia

Coincides with 50th anniversary of president's death

AMESBURY — Following the success of February’s Presidential Auction, John McInnis Auctioneers will be putting a second collection of John F. Kennedy’s personal belongings up for bid next month in an auction timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the president’s death.

“The Legends Auction” will feature more than 1,500 items, photos, letters and documents owned by Kennedy and his contemporaries and will take place over the course of three days starting on Nov. 22.

The collection is more than double the size of the one auctioned off by McInnis earlier this year, and appraiser Dan Meader said he expects this auction will also generate headlines around the globe.

“This is a big auction; we’re pretty excited about it,” Meader said.

Meader said the auction is a direct result of the attention generated by the first Kennedy auction, when dozens of people from around the country heard about the David Powers sale and asked if they could have their own Kennedy items included in the sale as well. Powers was a close personal friend of Kennedy, and his family put up his collection of memorabilia after it was discovered during the process of moving.

To protect the integrity of the Powers estate, McInnis didn’t accept any additional items from other owners. Meader did collect callers’ contact information, and after the auction was over, he began reaching out to the people and pulling together the second sale.

“This is the continuation of that last auction,” Meader said. “We’ve been working on this since that February auction, and the situation with this particular auction is we have a number of individual collections. The Dave Powers auction was one specific owner, and this is a number of different owners.”

Among the owners whose items will be auctioned off include the heirs to Hollywood mogul Milton Ebbins and Kennedy’s brother-in-law, Peter Lawford; close friends and associates of Kennedy including Kirk LeMoyne “Lem” Billings; a collection of items relating to Ernest Hemingway; and original negatives by Hy Peskin and Jacques Lowe, who was the Kennedys’ personal photographer.

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