John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963) served as the 35th President of the United States. Born on May 29, 1917, Kennedy had served previously as a congressman and United States senator from Massachusetts, eventually winning the presidency in 1960. President Kennedy was later assassinated in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, November 22, 1963.
Here are ten valuable John F. Kennedy collectibles that should interest historians, JFK buffs and political memorabilia collectors. "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country." - JFK, January 20, 1961 Inaugural Address
John F. Kennedy 1960 Campaign Jugate Pin
Democrats John F. Kennedy and running mate Lyndon B. Johnson won one of the closest presidential elections in history when they eked out a victory over the Republican ticket of Richard M. Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. in 1960. A rare 1960 campaign pin picturing JFK and LBJ used in Pennsylvania only sold at auction for $388.38.
JFK/LBJ 1960 campaign pin $388.38
John F. Kennedy 1963 Dallas Police Homicide Report
November 22, 1963, marked the tragic day of President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas. The actual Dallas Police homicide report on the president brought $1,195 at auction. Apparently, multiple carbon copies of this historic document had been typed out at Dallas Police headquarters. This particular report came from a safe deposit box which had been abandoned in 1979.
JFK 1963 Dallas Police homicide report $1,195
John F. Kennedy 1960 Campaign Watch
The solid gold Benrus wristwatch worn by JFK throughout the 1960 campaign sold at auction for $23,900. The watch had been presented to Kennedy by several members of the Democratic National Committee shortly after he had secured his party's presidential nomination. Following JFK's assassination in 1963, aide Dave Powers had taken custody of the watch. The watch's backside is engraved: "To Our Next President J.F.K."
JFK personal wristwatch $23,900
John F. Kennedy Autographed Photo
Genuine JFK autographs are huge with collectors – thus, expect to pay a premium. An 8x10-inch photograph signed/humorously inscribed to Arizona Republican senator Barry Goldwater reads: "For Barry Goldwater - Whom I urge to follow the career for which he has shown such talent - photography! - from his friend - John Kennedy." This item brought $17,925 at auction.
JFK signed photo to Barry Goldwater $17,925
John F. Kennedy 1956 Signed Profiles in Courage First Edition
Harper & Brothers published JFK's Profiles in Courage in 1956, winning Kennedy a Pulitzer Prize for Biography in 1957. Of course speechwriter Ted Sorenson along with several research assistants also contributed to the book. One edition signed by JFK sold at auction for $5,975. The book had once been the property of Secret Service agent Floyd M. Boring, who had participated in the planning of Kennedy's ill-fated trip to Dallas in 1963.
JFK signed Profiles in Courage first edition book $5,975
John F. Kennedy November 7, 1960, Press Pin
November 7, 1960, marked the eve of Election Day. Kennedy Press pins were issued to journalists in very limited quantities for 11/7/60, with one example in excellent condition selling for $6,572.50. Any former journalists in the family? Look in the attic!
Kennedy Press pin $6,572.50
John F. Kennedy Rocking Chair
JFK's rocking chair was a fixture in the White House. One chair with ironclad provenance sold at auction for $65,725. It is believed Kennedy used approximately 14 rocking chairs during his life, mainly to relieve his chronic back pain.
John F. Kennedy 1962 Birthday Party Menu
JFK celebrated his 45th birthday in 1962 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. Marilyn Monroe famously crooned "Happy Birthday" to the president on this occasion. The presidential dinner menu from The Four Seasons in New York dating from that historic event brought $478 at auction. The menu was comprised of: crabmeat baked in sea shell, chicken broth with spring wheat, medallions of beef glazed in madeira, herbed carrots, woodland mushrooms and of course the presidential birthday cake.
John F. Kennedy 14K Gold PT-109 Campaign Tie Clip
JFK's World II heroics while skippering PT-109 in the South Pacific were a big part of the 1960 campaign. A solid 14K gold PT-109 tie clip from the campaign brought $1,553.50 at auction. This example differs from the more common gilt brass and silver-colored metal PT-109 pins which were distributed by the tens of thousands during the campaign. For one thing it's made of real gold (duly marked on back), and was issued in limited numbers only at the very highest levels of the Kennedy campaign.
JFK PT-109 gold tie clip $1,553.50
Youth For Kennedy 1958 Senatorial Campaign Button
A Youth For Kennedy button dating from JFK's 1958 senatorial re-election campaign fetched a top bid of $567.63. Back then, the voting age was still 21.
Youth For Kennedy 1958 campaign pin $567.63
John F. Kennedy Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: John F. Kennedy 1960 Our Next President large floating head campaign pin $155.35
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