Lot 9021: Jacqueline Kennedy 1960 Gifted Emerald and Pearl Pin With Handwritten Note
18th May 2017
Beautiful emerald and pearl brooch presented to Kennedy family secretary Mary Barelli Gallagher by Jacqueline Kennedy as a Christmas gift in 1960. The brooch measures 1.75 x 1.5, and is held within a gold rope design setting. Pin backing bears the mint and maker mark, "6773" and "Boucher." Included with the brooch is the original handwritten note from Jacqueline Kennedy, penned on an off-white 4 x 3 card, in full: "Merry Christmas Mary and lots of love, Jackie." In fine condition. Accompanied by the original envelope addressed in Kennedy's own hand, "Mrs Mary Gallagher, c/o John F. Kennedy, 3307 N St NW, Washington DC," as well as a letter of provenance from Gallagher, in part: "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." Supported by provenance from Jackie's trusted friend and secretary, this is a gorgeous gift from the soon-to-be first lady, a woman long remembered and idolized for her enduring impact on modern beauty.
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