JFK’s Harvard sweater tops $85K at RR Auction

John F. Kennedy’s Harvard sweater. Sold for $85,266. RR Auction image

BOSTON – John F. Kennedy’s Harvard sweater sold for $85,266 at an online auction conducted by RR Auction that closed on Thursday. View the fully illustrated catalog with prices realized on LiveAuctioneers.

The crimson wool cardigan sweater with a shawl collar featuring a large black block-letter “H” for his alma mater knitted into the left breast. A label sewn into the collar is embroidered in red thread with his surname, “Kennedy.” The handsome, classically styled collegiate sweater features eight brilliant white mother-of-pearl buttons, with two sewn-in pockets on the front.

The sweater was acquired by Herman Lang, a cameraman who was shooting a network television interview with Jacqueline Kennedy in May 1964. Lang was believed to have been offered the sweater while shooting outdoors because of the cold weather. When he attempted to return it, he was told to keep it as a reminder of the late John F. Kennedy.

“It’s a magnificent, personal piece representing Kennedy’s beloved university,” said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction.

Addition highlights from the sale included:

– Abraham Lincoln signed photograph of President Abraham Lincoln and his son Tad, one of only three known examples known to exist, sold for $135,472.

Abraham Lincoln signed photograph, one of only three known. Sold for $135,472. RR Auction image

– George Washington signed “Mountain Road Lottery” ticket sold for $25,712.

George Washington signed lottery ticket. Sold for $25,712. R.R. Auction image

– Ronald Reagan heartfelt handwritten letter to his estranged daughter sold for $23,716.

– Warren G. Harding World War I Peace Resolution Bill signing pen archive sold for $13,887.

– George Bush typed letter to Mikhail Gorbachev sold for $11,842.


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