AOK May 22 auction features diamonds, estate property from famed DC restaurateur

Pasha de Cartier ladies watch, 35mm, 18K rose gold case, mechanical movement with automatic winding. Comes with original Cartier box and paperwork. Provenance: Estate of Kelli I. Martin. Estimate $18,000-$30,000

DAMASCUS, Va. – If walls could talk, Martin’s Tavern in Washington, DC, would be a never-ending source of tantalizing political back stories that never made it into print. Since 1933, the beloved Georgetown restaurant has been a favorite of presidents, the press corps, sports legends and visiting dignitaries. Under the watchful eye of successive generations of the Martin family, each president from Truman through George W Bush was escorted to their favorite booth or table where, on a number of occasions, history was made. It was at Martin’s Tavern that Congressman John F Kennedy proposed to future first lady Jacqueline Bouvier. LBJ was known to discuss pending legislation there with his closest advisers, and there is evidence to suggest that spies consorted at the establishment in the 1930s and ‘40s.

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