36: President John F Kennedy Posthumous Autograph

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Estimate: £25,000 - £30,000

This is the only known “posthumous” John F Kennedy-signed Christmas card to have been sent.

JFK and Jackie signed the card, which features a White House scene, prior to his assassination on November 22, 1963. It was received by the family’s nanny, Miss Shaw.

The inscription, in Jackie Kennedy's hand, reads: "For Miss Shaw - with our deepest appreciation and affection". The piece features Jackie's autograph "Jacqueline Kennedy" dated "Christmas 1963".

John F Kennedy has signed his name beneath Jackie's in blue ink.

The President and his wife are known to have also co-signed 15 Christmas cards featuring a nativity scene and 15 New Year cards, prior to JFK’s death. (See Mary Evans Seeley, 'Seasons Greetings from the White House', pp. 96-7).

Those 30 cards were never sent out, making our sent example unique and hugely important.

The card is a 4½" x 6" colour print reproduction print from a lithograph of “Mill's Colossal Equestrian Statue of General Jackson” in front of the White House.

The print is window-mounted with the presentation inscription on the mount beneath the image.

It is in excellent condition.

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