As Americans prepare to head to the voting booth and choose 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 from 29 October to www.GoldinAuctions, .com.
The most valuable and historic lot is the Air Force One President John F. Kennedy’s rocking chair (Lot # 22). The chair was donated 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 on 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 in the playroom of his Santa Monica home. Lawford’s fourth wife, Patricia, signed a two-page statement telling 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, with the woven seat 22 x 17 inches. Two of JFK’s other rocking chairs each sold for over $ 400,000.
“This museum-quality artefact is truly historic and we are honored to offer it for sale,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions. “Presidential memorabilia, whether it’s personal artifacts, signed documents or even autographed baseballs, are always a favorite with collectors. We are delighted to offer a wide selection of these unique items at a variety of prices for any collector. “
Several other bundles related to JFK include: Lot # 1527 – 1961 LIFE Magazine Inauguration Special issue signed by JFK and personalized to Betty Proxmire; Lot # 1529 – A piece of wooden fence from the Grassy Knoll in Dealey Plaza; Lots # 1534-1535 – Lee Harvey Oswald’s wedding suit and overcoat; Lot # 1526 – JFK signed the 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 defeats Truman Chicago Tribune (November 3, 1948) – the most famous newspaper ever published that published the poor results of the 1948 presidential election; Lot # 1625 – Lincoln assassination New York Times (April 15, 1865); Lot # 1616 – George Washington Death Diary (Colombian centinel December 28, 1799) – Incredibly, the journal was published 2 weeks after his death and contained only a small article.
Several letters and documents signed by several presidents, including:
Lot # 1656 – Harry S. Truman display signed and framed with three signed articles including a $ 1 bill; Lot # 1615 – Maritime letter in four languages signed and unused by Abraham Lincoln (French, Spanish, English and Dutch); Lot # 1613 – 1790 Handwritten and signed personal letter from Thomas Jefferson during his tenure as Secretary of State to George Washington
And finally, the two current candidates are represented with several elements including: Hillary Clinton – Lot # 1661 signed photo of her swearing in as Secretary of State and an autographed baseball; a signed copy of his book Difficult choices. Five Donald Trump memorabilia bundles include: an autographed NY Mets jersey with the Trump name # 45; Lot # 1535 a signed New Jersey Generals mini-helmet; an autographed baseball; and a signed copy of People magazine.