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Collector, Kennedy children reach auction agreement

The Kennedys
Seventy people, including relatives of the late president, placed photos, letters and other memorabilia in the auction  
March 18, 1998
Web posted at: 1:40 p.m. EST (1840 GMT)

NEW YORK (CNN) -- A collector whose JFK memorabilia goes on the block Wednesday afternoon reached a last-minute settlement with the late President Kennedy's children, agreeing to hand over several "intensely personal" items, the collector's lawyer said.

Collector Robert L. White agreed to give Caroline B. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. two of their father's handwritten journals from 1951 and a clock the president kept in the Oval Office, attorney Robert Adler said.

The Kennedys could not immediately be reached for comment.

White was "very glad to have the controversy behind him," Adler said. "He did not get into this auction wanting controversy, particularly with the Kennedys. ... He's a happier man."

Kennedy and Lincoln
Kennedy with long-time personal secretary Evelyn Lincoln  

In exchange for White's agreement to hand over some auction items and several pieces of Kennedy memorabilia from his personal collection, the children agreed to give up all claims to ownership of other auction items, Adler said.

White received the Kennedy memorabilia as a bequest from Evelyn Norton Lincoln, Kennedy's longtime personal secretary, who died in 1995.

Correspondent Tony Clark contributed to this report.


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