John F. Kennedy collectibles
John Fitzgerald Kennedy collectibles are among the most collectible Political Memorabilia items. Biography
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29 1917.
Kennedy graduated from Harvard University with a degree in science in 1940. In 1941, Kennedy joined the U.S. Navy and became an intelligence officer.
After the U.S. entered World War II, Kennedy was transferred to the Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron where he was given command of a PT boat. In August 1943, Kennedy’s boat was hit by a Japanese destroyer. Two of his crew were killed and Kennedy himself suffered a back injury.
In December 1943, he was sent back to the United States where he was promoted to lieutenant when he recovered from his injury. After further surgery to his back, he returned to civilian life in March 1945 and worked as a journalist before running for the House of Representatives. He won and was re-elected twice.
Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1952 and married Jacqueline Bouvier the following year. In 1960, Kennedy ran for the U.S. President on behalf of the Democratic Party.
At his inaugural address on January 20 1961, Kennedy famously said “Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather what you can do for your country.”
On November 22, 1963, Kennedy was shot 3 times in the head and chest whilst riding in his open-topped car during a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas. He died when he arrived to the hospital, 35 minutes after being shot.
Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested approximately 40 minutes after the assassination for killing a Dallas police officer. He was charged with killing Kennedy later that night. Oswald never got his trial as he was shot by Jack Ruby while being escorted to a car to be transferred from Dallas Police Headquarters to the Dallas County Jail.
Many examples of Kennedys autograph exist today and are popular collectors items. A signed photo of John F. Kennedy was sold for $13,145 by Christie’s New York on October 9 2002. Kennedy’s last autograph, signed on the morning of his death, sold for $38,837 at Heritage Auction Galleries on November 6 2009.
John F. Kennedy's secret love letters to Gunilla von Post, a Swedish woman with whom Kennedy had had an affair, were sold for $115,537 in March 2010 by Legendary Auctions.
A rocking chair that Kennedy used to ease his bad back sold for $96,000 at a Sotheby’s New York auction in February, 2005. Five of Kennedy’s pelvis x-rays was sold for $28,125 by Julien’s Auctions on October 9 2010.
John F. Kennedy items from his Senate and Presidential campaigns are among the most collected Political Memorabilia items. These items can range in value from a few dollars for common items to hundreds, even thousands, for the rarest or event-specific items, including buttons, paper items, and jewelry.
At a Juliens sale in Beverley Hills in May 2011, a bag of hair clippings taken from U.S president John F. Kennedy was sold for $4,160. The hair had been obtained just months before Kennedy's assassination in November 1963 by Harry Gelbart "Barber to the Stars," who cut the president's hair at the home of Peter Lawford and Kennedy's sister, Patricia Kennedy Lawford.
Several item of vintage clothing worn by Kennedy have been sold at auction. On December 9, 2010 a necktie worn by Kennedy was sold for $8,540 at a Bonhams auction in New York.
A collection of 12,000 photographs of Kennedy, including one with him and Marilyn Monroe, was sold by Bonhams for $151,000 in December, 2010.