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    JFK was an avid, if not overly gifted, golfer.  Such a personal item is very evocative of his private side.  It was obtained from the widow of Melvon O. Carter, who served at the White House under seven presidents through Nixon, rising to General Foreman of the White House Maintenance Crew.

    The provenance is documented in a signed 1982 letter from Mrs. Carter typed on stationery headed with the Presidential Seal and "The White House, Washington."  She states that from time to time he would pick up golf balls hit by Eisenhower, and later Kennedy, during practice sessions on the South Lawn, and certifies that this is one such ball.  The tee is not specifically mentioned in her letter, but came along with the ball.

    Please note: Due to the size and/or weight of this lot, additional shipping costs may apply.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2004
    29th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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