Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    John F. Kennedy: Pair of His Personal Wool "Long John" Underwear. With well-worn "John F. Kennedy" ID label sewn into the collar. The pair has excellent provenance: they were purchased by the late well-known Maryland collector/ dealer Richard Wilson at a highly publicized auction of Kennedy memorabilia in New York in 1998. The New York Post illustrated an article about the auction with a photo of Wilson holding this very pair of long johns, and noted that they fetched $3000 at the time. Apparently, they came along with another pair, lacking a name tag, both of which left the Kennedy family in the early 1950s, when Jacqueline Kennedy sold a number of items including antiques, clothing, household furnishings, etc. to a Bethesda antiques dealer. The underwear was used to wrap fragile glass items! Wilson offered the unlabeled pair for sale for $5500 in his "Norma's Jeans" sales catalog of celebrity items. Presumably they were sold, because they were not included, as was the pair on offer now, in his estate. While clearly worn, they are in excellent condition.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2010
    22nd Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,312

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 September 14 - 15 Americana & Political.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $917,493