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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


“There are so many things in photography, you can’t even imagine,” Meader said. “So many photographs that have never been seen before are going to be in this sale.”

Meader highlighted a number of unused negatives taken by Peskin for a Life Magazine spread published in 1953, as well as never before seen photos of the president attending a Red Sox game.

The auction will also include Kennedy’s fedora hat; an authentic blazer with the presidential logo on the cuffs and buttons; the rocking chair that he used at his home in Hyannis; an original bronze sculpture of Kennedy created by Felix de Weldon, who also did the Iwo Jima monument in Arlington, Va.; and a framed collection of 52 bill signing pens used by Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson to sign iconic pieces of legislation into effect, including the Peace Corps, the Civil Rights Act, the “Man on the Moon” bill and so on.

Beside the Kennedy specific items, Meader said there will be many items that movie and fashion enthusiasts would be interested in as well. Considering their connection to Hollywood, the Ebbin and Lawford collection in particular includes items that fans of the Rat Pack would love to see, including original movie scripts, contracts and memos.

“This collection shows the behind-the-scenes stuff that you never get to see. It’s great for people who love the movies and Hollywood, but also the people who study the history of moviemaking,” Meader said. “If they want to see the late ’50s, early ’60s vintages, this incorporates all of that.”

There will also be a collection of Jacques Lowe photos of Jackie Kennedy, which will be auctioned off to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society according to the former first lady’s wishes.

“Jackie Kennedy, before she passed away, donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society her own personal collection of Jacques Lowe photographs,” Meader said. “They had been used for exhibition purposes to raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in events across the country, and then they were also put into museums across the country to benefit the society.”

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