The Kennedy family furnishings from their “Winter White House” on Ocean Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida could be yours if you got the cash and the interest.
Furniture once owned by President John F. Kennedy and his wife, Southampton-born Jacqueline Kennedy, will be officially up for grabs this Saturday, January 23, at noon, according to information released by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. An exhibit of the 153 lots for sale–including walnut beds and a massage table that President John F. Kennedy used, plus a selection of favored chairs, cabinets, tables, etc.–is currently on view in West Palm.
The “Camelot-era” items to be sold come from the Kennedy “Winter White House” compound, a 15,000-square-foot oceanfront estate owned by the family (specifically by Joseph and Rose–JFK’s parents) for 62 years until it was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. John Castle in 1995. The Castles recently sold the property for $31 million but retained ownership of the Kennedy articles.
The history-filled home is the place where John F. Kennedy spent his last weekend alive; it’s also where he wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning “Profiles in Courage” and his inaugural Presidential speech, famous for the “ask not what your country can do for you” line. It’s also where a slew of notables and dignitaries visited, including Vice President Lyndon Johnson, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn and Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield.