John F. Kennedy's Signed Senate ID Card Sells for $20,000 at Auction
BOSTON, MA (May 19, 2017) — John F. Kennedy's Senate ID Card sold for $20,000 according to Boston-based RR Auction.
The one-of-a-kind historically significant official US Senate personal identification card issued to John F. Kennedy, featured an image of the young senator, neatly signed in full in fountain pen, "John F. Kennedy."
Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Kennedy's longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln on US Senate memorandum letterhead, April 27, 1987, to noted JFK collector Robert L. White, stating in part: “The I.D. card issued to the late John F. Kennedy, was carried by him in his wallet while he was a United States Senator."
After serving three terms in the House of Representatives, Kennedy was elected to the Senate in 1952. His term began on January 3, 1953, and he served as the junior senator from Massachusetts until December 22, 1960, just before entering the presidency.
“This personal ID card is an absolutely amazing relic from this important stage in his political life,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.
An additional highlight from the online offering was an incredible assortment of historic Kennedy photographs from The Ronnie Paloger Collection.
"Among the collection were rare seldom-seen photographs of a youthful-looking JFK during his first foray into politics from his 1946 congressional campaign— his 1952 senatorial race, and gorgeous wedding photos of Jack and Jackie,” said Tricia Eaton, Specialty Auction Director at RR Auction.
Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:
Handsome set of gold-and-black eagle bookends displayed by John F. Kennedy in his Senate office and then later in the White House, sold for $19,500.
John F. Kennedy original portrait artwork by Louis Lupas, sold for $12,240.
John F. Kennedy family's china tea-cup used aboard the presidential yacht, the 'Honey Fitz,' sold for $6,063.
John F. Kennedy 1951 letter to a constituent, sold for $4,961.
The John F. Kennedy Auction from RR Auction began on May 11 and concluded on May 18. More details can be found online at www.rrauction.com.