Ellsworth Bunker collection now at $7,500 in online auction


2015-06-26 13:11:22


Ellsworth Bunker collection now at $7,500 in online auction

The personal collection of Vietnam war hawk Ellsworth Bunker includes medals and flags

A collection of items relating to the career of Ellsworth Bunker (1894-1984)are currently selling as part of an online auction that will close on March 13.

Ellsworth Bunker collectionBunker was a leading hawk during the Vietnam war, meaning that he spoke in favour of escalating the conflict

Bunker is best known as an American diplomat and one of the chief "hawks" during the Vietnam war. His huge collection, an archive of his manyachievements, is currently selling at $7,321, but will undoubtedly rise far past this as the auction draws to a close.

Bunker is the only individual to have been presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom with Special Distinction twice, one of which will provide the highlight of the collection. Presented to him in 1967, the medal is accompanied by a shoulder sash and another medal bearing a constellation of 13 gold stars.

Also featuring is the historic US flag flown over the Saigon embassy on January 29, 1973, the day the cease-fire took effort. Housed in a wood and glass case, it was given to Bunker during a ceremony on May 5, 1973 by marines for his service as ambassador to Vietnam.

Another highlight is the pen that was used to sign the Vietnam peace agreements (Paris Peace Accords) in Paris in January 1973. Given to him by signer Tram-Van-Lam, the pen is accompanied by a typed letter.

The collection spans much of Bunker's career and includes signed photographs of him with the world's leading figures as well as draughts of his unpublished autobiography and private papers.

Paul Fraser Collectibles has a fantastic selection of presidential memorabilia for sale. We also have an incredibly rare signed photograph of Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh.

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