As Americans prepare to head for the voting booth and pick the 45th President of the United States, Goldin Auctions is offering more than 20 lots of presidential memorabilia in its annual October Legends Auction which runs through from October 29, at www.GoldinAuctions,.com.
The most valuable and historic lot is President John F. Kennedy's rocking chair from Air Force One (Lot #22). The chair was gifted by Jackie to brother-in-law and "Rat Packer" Peter Lawford. He asked for the chair knowing that it was the last chair JFK had sat in before his death. Jackie had the chair removed from the Presidential plane and shipped to Lawford, who for the rest of his life kept the chair prominently displayed in the game room of his Santa Monica home. Lawford's fourth wife Patricia has signed a two-page statement relating the story of the chair as told to her by her late husband. The chair, manufactured by the P&P Company of Asheboro, NC measures approximately 44 inches in height and 27 inches at its widest, the woven seat 22 x 17 inches. Two of JFK's other rocking chairs each sold for more than $400,000.
"This museum-quality artifact is truly historic and we are honored to be offering it for sale," said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. "Presidential memorabilia, whether it be personal artifacts, signed documents or even autographed baseballs is always a favorite of collectors. We are pleased to be offering a wide selection of these unique items at a variety of price points for any collector."
Several other JFK-related lots include: Lot #1527 - 1961 LIFE Magazine Inauguration Special Issue signed by JFK and personalized to Betty Proxmire; Lot #1529 - A Piece of wood fence from the Grassy Knoll at Dealey Plaza; Lots #1534-1535 - Lee Harvey Oswald's Wedding Suit and Overcoat; Lot #1526 - JFK Signed Senate Memorandum dated July 30, 1954.
The auction also features several rare original newspapers that reported historic presidential news including the most famous newspaper in American history. These include:
Lot #1629 - Dewey Beats Truman Chicago Tribune (Nov. 3, 1948) - the most famous newspaper ever issued that published the wrong results of the 1948 Presidential election; Lot #1625 - Lincoln Assassination New York Times (Apr. 15, 1865); Lot #1616 - George Washington Death Newspaper (Columbian Centinel Dec. 28, 1799) - Incredibly the newspaper was published 2 weeks after his death and featured just a small article.
Also up for bids are several signed letters and documents from several Presidents including:
Lot #1656 - Harry S. Truman signed and framed display with three signed items including a $1 Bill; Lot #1615 - Abraham Lincoln signed & unused four-language sea letter (French, Spanish, English & Dutch); Lot #1613 - 1790 Thomas Jefferson personal hand-written and signed letter during his term as George Washington's Secretary of State
And finally, the two current candidates are represented with several items including: Hillary Clinton - Lot #1661 signed photo of her being sworn in as Secretary f State and an autographed baseball; a signed copy of her book Hard Choices. Five lots of Donald Trump memorabilia include: an autographed NY Mets jersey with the name Trump #45; Lot #1535 an autographed New Jersey Generals mini-helmet; an autographed baseball; and a signed copy of People magazine.
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