By Kelly Burch
---- — While the nation prepares to mark the somber occasion of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, an auction house in Amesbury is offering people a peek into the happier times of the fallen president and his beloved family.
Beginning on the evening of Nov. 22, which is the anniversary of the assassination, McInnis Auctions will host a three-day Legends Auction, featuring more than 1,500 items that celebrate the lives of the Kennedys, as well as other icons of the 1950s and ‘60s, including Marilyn Monroe, Bing Crosby and Ernest Hemingway.
Seating for the auction is limited, but the previews are free and open to the public. They will be held Sunday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
During this time, the public will have the chance to see rare personal items from the Kennedy family, including JFK’s cashmere blazer with the presidential seal and Jackie’s handbags and shoes. Letters from Jackie Kennedy to her milliner – complete with sketches of her fashion ideas – will be on display, as will a framed collection of 52 bill-signing pens used by presidents Kennedy and Johnson. For baseball fans, there are original photographs of JFK with the Boston Red Sox.
Of course, the auction will acknowledge the tragic end to Kennedy’s life. The weekend will begin with a moment of silence at the moment that he was shot. A complete Warren Report, Associated Press bulletins from the shooting and Wall Street ticker tape chronicling the news will be featured.
The Legends Action also will feature other desirable memorabilia, including a personal collection of Ernest Hemingway photos and an original “Oceans Eleven” script.
McInnis Auction Gallery is located at 76 Main St. in Amesbury. For more information call (800) 822-1417 or visit www.mcinnisauctions.com.