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President John F. Kennedy’s items were auctioned on Sunday in Cambridge, Massachusetts, including his Air Force One bomber jacket that sold for $570,000.
The items were discovered recently after being tucked away in the Arlington, Massachusetts home of the late David Powers, a longtime friend of the Kennedy family. Powers traveled with Kennedy throughout his presidency and continued his relationship with the family after the president’s assassination. In his later years, Powers worked as the curator of the JFK Library.
Dan Meader, auction appraiser at John McInnis Auctioneers, told Reuters, “The amazing thing about this whole thing is that it shows the personal connection. This is stuff that's true, it's pure, it's right from the family home ... right from the president's best friend."
The auction included personal items like photographs and letters from former first lady Jackie Kennedy. The event also featured the pen that Kennedy used during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Meader told People, “It's the most personal archive. Thousands of items, and each one tells a story."
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