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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


“They called us and they decided that this would be the appropriate time, being the 50th anniversary, that they had done all they could with the exhibits and this would be the time to maximize Jackie’s donation,” Meader continued. “So they’ve decided to sell them, and the money from that will go to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”

Meader said the auction house is still working on coming up with a specific schedule for the event, but the collection will likely be open for preview the week prior to Nov. 22, and then the first day of auction will begin in the afternoon, following a moment of silence at the time Kennedy was killed.

Then, there will be daylong auctions continuing on Saturday and Sunday until the entire collection has been sold off, he said.

Ultimately, Meader said that while the auction will commemorate a somber occasion, the contents of the sale itself will largely focus on happier times in Kennedy’s life, when he got to relax, spend time with friends and vacation in Hollywood and Cape Cod.

“A lot of the stuff that we have is when the president relaxed,” Meader said. “The Hollywood part of it, he went out there to have fun, and have a good time, he went to the Cape to have fun and a good time, so we’re going to show during such a somber time, a happier time in the president’s life.”

For more information about the sale, visit or call 800-822-1417.

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