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    John F. Kennedy: Assassination Relic. After Kennedy's assassination, the presidential limousine was returned to the White House garage. F. Vaughn Ferguson was in charge of the car, serving as a liaison officer between the Ford Motor Company and the White House. He supervised its maintenance and conducted "dry runs" for presidential trips. He was not in Dallas the day of the assassination, but remained in Washington, making plans for JFK's trip to the Army-Navy game in Philadelphia. After the FBI thoroughly searched the car for bullet fragments and other evidence, Vaughan spent time cleaning the car in anticipation of Lyndon Johnson's use of it for the Kennedy funeral. When this plan was abandoned, the blood-stained leather upholstery of the rear seat was removed and the car sent to a Cincinnati firm for refitting and a security upgrade. The upholstery came in two shades: light blue from the main body of the bench-style seat, and dark blue from the border area. Vaughan was able to retain sections of the blood-stained leather and eventually sold them to collector Raleigh DeGeer Amyx. Two 3" square sections were sold at auction in 2004. This 1" snippet of dark blue leather upholstery was extracted from the piece sold in 2004. It is sold with a C.O.A. from John Reznikoff of University Archives, a copy of a letter of provenance from Vaughan to Amyx, and a good deal of other documentation and research material.

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    Nov-Dec, 2011
    30th-1st Wednesday-Thursday
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