JFK memories on the auction block
Some of the items to be auctioned
Items range from presidential to personal
March 18, 1998
Web posted at: 1:40 p.m. EST (1840 GMT)
NEW YORK (CNN) -- There's John F. Kennedy's racing sloop.
There are photographs, pens, invitations, rocking chairs and
even a tweed hat -- many of them mementos of a presidency.
Most of the items to be auctioned Wednesday were collected or
saved by his longtime private secretary Evelyn Lincoln.
Among the possessions is a sheet of hotel stationery with a
few presidential doodles. Collector Robert White, who
inherited the items from Lincoln, says Kennedy made the notes
at a Houston hotel the night before he was assassinated in
Although many of the items are presidential cast offs,
personal items also are being sold, such as Kennedy's college
sweater and one of the first lady's trademark pillbox hats.
Among the documents is a handwritten will penned by
Jacqueline Kennedy, giving everything to her young daughter
JFK's college sweater
Another document is Kennedy's first attempt to write his
inauguration address. White described it this way:
"Kennedy took a yellow legal pad and he started to write, 'an
inaugural is a beginning,' and then made a mistake, scratched
it out and chucked it."
White noted that the handwritten draft of the entire speech
is in the Kennedy library. "This is a piece of scrap that was
thrown away. Mrs. Lincoln saved it from extinction."
The Kennedy children said Monday that some items are
"intensely personal" and should not have been kept by
Lincoln. Two such items were with Kennedy when he was shot:
a black alligator briefcase and a watch Jackie Kennedy had
given him on their fourth wedding anniversary.
Under a last-minute agreement reached Wednesday, White
removed a few personal items from the auction, including two
of JFK's diaries from 1951.
Earlier, at least seven items were taken out of the sale
because of their historical significance. Among them was a
desk Kennedy used to sign bills into law.
CNN's Tony Clark contributed to this report.