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Lot 0106A
John F. Kennedy's Hawaiian Shirt. Labeled "Hale Hawaii" and "Made in Hawaii". Sewn to the label is a name tag printed in red "JOHN F. KENNEDY."

In the speech mentioned below, Walsh cited two occasions that he visited the President in Palm Beach. Each visit included discussions of the charitable distribution of JFK's presidential salary, always with the proviso that there be no public acknowledgement. The President asked Tom Walsh to have an informal meeting with him out by the pool in Palm Springs, however, Mr. Walsh did not bring any garments suitable for pool lounging. Due to his lack of appropriate pool attire, the President gave Mr. Walsh his Hawaiian shirt. It was during this December 1961 meeting on the pool deck in Palm Beach that Kennedy gave Walsh the Hawaiian-style shirt that is offered here.

From the Estate of Thomas J. Walsh, long-time Kennedy financial advisor and family friend. In 1952, responding to a "blind" ad in the New York Times for a tax and real estate accountant, Walsh was hired by Joseph Kennedy to join the Park Agency, Inc., the Kennedy family's financial company that manages all the Kennedy enterprises. A Forbes Magazine article described Walsh as "the Kennedy family's tax expert, fortune guardian, and paymaster" and "the numbers man of the operation." Until his retirement from the Park Agency in 1979, Walsh remained close to all the members of the Kennedy clan, skillfully managing their personal finances, business investments, and family foundations.

In a speech Walsh gave following JFK's assassination, he relayed first meeting the young Jack Kennedy at the Park Agency offices shortly after Kennedy had won the 1952 Massachusetts Senatorial election. Their friendship grew over the years, along with JFK's flourishing political career. Walsh continued handling the President's finances during visits to the White House and the family home in Palm Beach. During this time, Walsh became a confident of Jackie, who he continued to advise after she left the White House.

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John F. Kennedy Hawaiian Shirt

Estimate $15,000 - $20,000
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