Lot 24: John F. Kennedy Signed Playbill
8th November 2017
Morosco Theatre playbill, Vol. 4, No. 49, dated November 28, 1960, 52 pages, 6.5 x 9, signed on the front cover in black ballpoint by Kennedy. A collector's ink notation to the upper left corner dates the signature to December 6, 1960. In very good to fine condition. Accompanied by a photo of Kennedy shaking hands with playwright Gore Vidal, and a newspaper clipping showing the cast of The Best Man applauding an unseen president-elect sitting in the front row. On December 6, 1960, Kennedy undertook a trip to New York City after a brief transitional meeting with President Eisenhower earlier in the morning. After an initial meeting with UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold, Kennedy and his staff headed to Broadway, buying tickets for a showing of Gore Vidal's political play The Best Man later that night; Kennedy sat front row center next to Vidal during the performance. The consignor notes that the signature originates from the estate of a Baltimore dentist seated near Kennedy.
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