Monday, June 11, 2007

My wife went to an auction and all I got was this lousy shirt

Yes, you can own a piece of history. It still has the original sweat in the armpits. On Ebay right now: John F. Kennedy's shirt from the 1961 Inauguration.

Newly-elected President John F. Kennedy wore this shirt on the day of his inauguration, January 20, 1961. When the third button from the collar went missing, Kennedy gave the shirt to his personal valet. The button remains missing even today. The shirt was custom-made for the fastidious Kennedy, known to have changed clothes as often as fives times a day.

The shirt has been thoughtfully preserved under clear acrylic and protected from direct light for at least the past nine years. The shirt is beautifully mounted in a 42” x 46” x 1.25” black and gilt wood frame with an official photograph of Kennedy, an actual invitation (itself scarce) to the inaugural address, and a brass plaque.

The package is accompanied by Letters of Authenticity and Provenance detailing the current owner’s acquisition and valuation of the shirt.
I would bid on it, but I don't think it would fit. Besides, I think John McAdams has an interest in this item.

I understand it still has Marilyn Monroe's phone number on the sleeve.

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