Contents From Kennedy Winter White House On The Auction Block At Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

Jan 11, 2016, 12:08 ET from Leslie Hindman Auctioneers

PALM BEACH, Fla., Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On January 23, contents from the Kennedy estate in Palm Beach will be on the auction block at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers. As an important headquarters for the Kennedy Administration, the home was famously named the Winter White House.

This historic collection has been consigned by Mr. and Mrs. John Castle who purchased the home and much of its contents from the Kennedy family in 1995. 153 lots will be offered from the home where John F. Kennedy left for war, recovered from his wartime efforts, penned Profiles in Courage, interviewed cabinet members and enjoyed intimate family holidays.

"Kennedy wrote his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Profiles in Courage at the Kennedy's Palm Beach estate, and he did much of the planning for his new administration from this great American home," said William Doyle, presidential historian and author of PT: 109.

Furniture will be sold from the home's cabinet room where important presidential meetings and appointments occurred. Favored armchairs from this room will be offered in their original upholstered form.

According to records from the Town of Palm Beach, security was enhanced during the Kennedy administration. "Alterations to 1095 North Ocean Boulevard include security measures constructed by the Department of the Navy in 1961 under the Presidential Administration of John F. Kennedy," the records state.

That same year, a bomb shelter at nearby Peanut Island was constructed for the President's and his family's protection in case of a nuclear attack.

The home was host to significant press conferences, especially staged in front of its iconic front door, in the west loggia or within the home's living room. The historic conference announcing President Kennedy's cabinet was delivered at the home.

The Leslie Hindman Auctioneers catalogue documents some of these important events and the objects up for sale that appear in corresponding photographs.

Historic photos of the home's front door show two concrete planters that will be included in the sale as well as Venetian mirrors, a gilt metal and glass table and numerous decorative items shown in an interview with Rose Kennedy. The iconic photo taken by Bob Davidoff of the First Family on Easter Sunday will be sold.

"This collection is a historically priceless treasure. It is a direct link to America's mythic "royal family" and to our most popular and admired modern president," said Doyle.

The preview will be open to the public beginning Friday, January 15 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Bidders may participate in the saleroom, on the phone or on one of two online bidding platforms.

For additional information, please visit: 

January 23, 2016
1608 South Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401

Kimberly Blomquist

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