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    John F. Kennedy: An Important Artifact from His Oval Office Desk. Massive glass ash tray, diameter 4.75", etched in block letters on one side, "J.F.K. 1.20.61." Along with the lot comes two different photos of the top of Kennedy's desk, and this ashtray can be clearly seen directly behind his blotter. A bronze JFK inaugural medal is part of the lot, added to the ashtray by President Kennedy himself.

    The provenance is excellent: a personal letter from former Nevada Senator Alan Bible explains that he presented JFK with this and another ashtray as inauguration gifts, and that the President kept them proudly on his desk. Nevada was an important state in Kennedy's political ascension, and Bible a valued Senate ally. He further attests that following Kennedy's death President Johnson, knowing that they had been gifts from the Senator, presented them to him as mementos. According to Bible's letter he subsequently presented just this one ashtray to the nephew of an aide from his Senate years, Nick Bosta, after his friend's death. Bible told the consignor that the inaugural medal was sitting in the ashtray when he, Nevada Congressman Howard Cannon and Nevada Senator Grant Sawyer visited JFK in the Oval Office. Each ashtray retained identical bronze medals when the trays were presented by LBJ to Bible.

    While all JFK-owned items hold great interest for collectors, few rank higher in the hierarchy than objects which were on his Oval Office desk. With its great provenance, this ashtray surely ranks as one of the most significant JFK items we have been privileged to offer. In 2013 Heritage sold the desk pen set from the President's desk for $43,750.

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    Auction Dates
    February, 2020
    22nd-23rd Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 23
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