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    "Happy Birthday, Mr. President..."

    John F. Kennedy: Madison Square Garden Birthday Party Program and Tickets. 8.25" x 10.5" four-page bi-fold program titled "Happy Birthday Mr. President", issued for the gala invitation-only party held on May 19, 1962 at Madison Square Garden. It was an all-star event with an impressive panoply of Hollywood entertainers appearing. The highlight of the event was Marilyn Monroe's steamy rendition of "Happy Birthdy To You" directed directly to President Kennedy. Her custom-made, snug-form sequined gown added to the presentation which prompted JFK to quip that having been treated to such a wholesome rendition of the traditional birthday song, he could now retire from politics. The rare program has a light vertical fold, an 1/2" edge tear plus light soiling. We note that Henry Fonda is listed twice on the roster of stars. It is accompanied two tickets ("count 'em... two!") to the event, minus stubs, as well as a typed reminiscence of attending the event and his serendipitous acquisition of the pair of ducats by the consignor. We also include a copy of the 1960 presidential election campaign paperback "The Strategy of Peace" along with an 1 3/4" x 3 3/8" personal card of JFK, as Senator, signed with autopen signature Pattern IV.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2014
    24th Saturday
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