Lot 9009: John F. Kennedy 1953 Signed Document

RR Auction

RR Auction

2017-05-02 11:49:42

Lot 9009

DS, three pages, 8.5 x 13, January 14, 1953. Lease agreement between Senator Kennedy and Samuel and Pearl Alexander for a property located at 3271 P Street, NW, Washington, DC, for a monthly rate of $575, commencing on January 15, 1953. The contract specifies that the residence is to include "all furniture, furnishings, such as drapes, curtains and the usual accessories, but not to include linens, blankets, glass or silverware, china, cooking utensils, etc," and that the tenants will "maintain in good condition and repair the premises hereby demised, including the roof, walls, window screens, plumbing, kitchen range, water heater, electrical system, heating plant, and mechanical equipment therein contained." Signed at the conclusion by Kennedy and countersigned by the Alexanders and two witnesses. Handsomely matted and framed with the original blue paper folder and two images to an overall size of 34.5 x 30.5. In fine condition, with expected document wear and a trivial brush to Kennedy's middle initial. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. When Kennedy signed this lease agreement, he was less than two weeks into his term as Senator from Massachusetts and dating Jacqueline Bouvier, who would accompany him to the Eisenhower Inaugural Ball on January 20, 1953. Kennedy later proposed to Jackie while living here and the couple would return to the address after their wedding in September before moving to another Georgetown dwelling in December 1953.

Estimate: $2000-3000

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