Lot 9020: Jacqueline Kennedy 1959 Gifted Emerald Pin
18th May 2017
Luxurious emerald pin presented to Kennedy family secretary Mary Barelli Gallagher by Jaqueline Kennedy as a Christmas gift in 1959. The emerald measures 1 x 1, and is held within a gold eight-prong setting with pin backing. In fine condition. Accompanied by a letter of provenance from Gallagher, in part: "[The pin] was presented to me at Christmas in 1959 by Jacqueline B. Kennedy. This is to serve as proof of authenticity regarding the above item. Since receiving this, it has remained in my possession at my home in Alexandria, Virginia. I was formerly secretary to Senator John F. Kennedy…and Personal Secretary to Mrs. John F. Kennedy…In 1969, 'My Life With Jacqueline Kennedy' was published by David McKay, New York, relating my twelve years with The Kennedys." Synonymous with style and grace, Kennedy’s imprint on fashion remains unrivaled amongst first ladies, with this brilliant emerald pin serving as an extension of both her exquisite taste and storied generosity.
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