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Major JFK memorabilia auction planned for later this month

As the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination approaches, the largest auction in a decade of items relating to the late president will be held at the Omni Parker House hotel, auctioneers said.

A full house is expected Oct. 24 for the auction of 290 items, said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction, which is hosting the event.

One item to be auctioned off is Kennedy’s personal set of rosary beads. Kennedy gave them to his friend and assistant David Powers, Livingston said.

He suspects the rosary beads could attract the highest bids. While Kennedy’s bomber jacket sold for $400,000 at another auction in January, Livingston believes multiple items will exceed that price at the upcoming auction.


A white Lincoln Continental that Kennedy rode on the morning of Nov. 22, with Jacqueline Kennedy beside him in her famous pink Chanel suit, will also be auctioned off. Because it cannot fit inside the Omni Parker House, it will be stationed at Sentry Ford and Lincoln in Medford, Livingston said. The car is not the one the president was shot in later that day, Livingston said.

Livingston said other items to be auctioned off include:

_ The flag hoisted over the White House during the week following Kennedy’s assassination;

_ The phones Kennedy used in a Fort Worth, Texas, hotel room to make his last phone calls; and

— Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding ring, which he left on his bedside table early Nov. 22.

The Omni Parker House was chosen because Kennedy gave many speeches there, and it is also where he proposed to Jacqueline, Livingston said.

The items will be on display to the public on Oct. 22 and 23. The auction will be open to the public, but people must be registered, Livingtston said.

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