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JFK items put under hammer 50 years after his assassination

Published on Feb 18, 2013 6:12 AM
 Lot 315, Paperback copy of "The White House," signed on cover "To my good friends- Jo and Dave-With warmest regards- John F. Kennedy", is pictured in this handout photo from John McInnis Auctioneers. An Extremely rare copy annotated by President Kennedy to his friend Dave Powers in 1962. A large collection of memorabilia of John F. Kennedy is going up for auction in early February 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts (REUTERS) - Thousands of items that belonged to a longtime aide of President John F. Kennedy were headed for the auction block on Sunday in the 50th anniversary year of his assassination.

The late president's Air Force One bomber jacket, letters, photographs and other items had been tucked away in drawers and file cabinets at the home of David Powers, who died in 1998, said Mr Dan Meader, auction appraiser at John McInnis Auctioneers.

They were discovered in recent years by relatives as they prepared the Arlington, Massachusetts, residence for sale, he said.

Powers was close to the president throughout his political career, from 1946 until his assassination in 1963.

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