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    Kennedy Family Correspondence, ca. 1960

    Appraised Value:

    $15,000 - $20,000

    Appraised on: August 13, 2011

    Appraised in: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Appraised by: Stephen Massey

    Category: Books & Manuscripts

    Episode Info: Pittsburgh, Hour 3 (#1609)

    Originally Aired: February 27, 2012

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    Form: Letter
    Material: Paper
    Period / Style: 20th Century
    Value Range: $15,000 - $20,000

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    Appraisal Video: (2:29)

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    Appraised By:

    Stephen Massey
    Books & Manuscripts

    Bloomsbury Auctions

    Appraisal Transcript:
    GUEST: My grandmother was the personal secretary to both Bobby Kennedy and Jack Kennedy. I do believe it was in the early '50s.

    APPRAISER: And what it shows here is that really, she was a close personal friend of the family. Really the most significant of all the letters, I think, is this one from John F. Kennedy to her, commenting, and it says right here in her handwriting, "JFK's most important communication to me." And in it, he is writing a good, long response to her comments, as a result of a speech he made concerning America's anti-colonial policy, particularly about Algeria.

    GUEST: Yes.

    GUEST: And she had received flack at a certain meeting because the Kennedys were Catholic, and so she passed on to him the information that he might lose Catholic votes, and he gives a very detailed response here and ends beautifully. It's a very moving thing. "I appreciate very much your letter-- as we are old friends, and that your letter was the result of this friendship." So it emphasizes a bond between the two of them, and it's further emphasized here, as you see, by this very moving funeral card in 1963, sent to your grandmother by Bobby.

    APPRAISER: Have you done any research about the value of these things?

    GUEST: A little bit. I do understand that hand- scripted letters are obviously worth more than straight typewritten letters with a mere signature.

    APPRAISER: That's absolutely right, and also, this letter is, as we call it, a "TLS", a typed letter signed. And often, the presidential letters were done with autopen, but here we have an absolutely first-rate personal, typewritten note with this autograph endorsement, which is very moving. So a conservative auction estimate, $15,000 to $20,000 for the whole archive.

    GUEST: Well, it's exciting to hear and to know.





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