Lot 185: Brother (1915–1944) of John F. Kennedy who served as a bomber pilot during WWII; he was tragically killed due to an airplane malfunction while flying a secret mission. Scrapbook kept by Leonard W. Bughman, a student at The Choate School, measuring 17 x 12.75, signed on the first several pages by his classmates, including Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr., on April 7, 1932. Kennedy signs "Joe Kennedy," and lists his home as "Bronxville, NY," nickname and birthday, "Joe, July 25," ambition, "To see Sewickley," and happy thought, "To see Lennie & Mice-trap go on a twelve-month cruise to-gether." Inside are many candid photos of his friends and classmates, including one 3 x 5 photo of Joe Kennedy, as well as various news clippings, ticket stubs, and ephemera from his time in high school. Some loose pages and items, and a few tears and creases to edges, otherwise fine condition. Like Kennedy, Bughman entered the military and his plane was shot down when he was just 26 years old. In addition to Kennedy's rare signature, this scrapbook offers first-person insight into what life was like for a Choate student during this period; John F. Kennedy, just two years younger than Joe, followed in his brother's footsteps at the school. Joseph was expected to continue the family's political dynasty, but after his death in combat the responsibility fell to JFK. An exceedingly rare, personal piece of Kennedy family history.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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