Kennedy “Winter White House” Items to be Auctioned Jan. 23

Thursday, December 17, 2015
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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will auction off more than a hundred pieces of furniture and decorative art from the Kennedy family home in Palm Beach. The house was the longtime permanent residence of Joseph Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and a retreat for President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, their kids, and JFK’s eight siblings. During the Kennedy administration, it became known as the “Winter White House,” and set the backdrop for numerous presidential meetings and appointments.

The house remained in the Kennedy family for 62 years, until Mr. and Mrs. John Castle purchased the historic property in 1995, along with the majority of its contents. The Castle family recently sold the estate for $31 million, but kept the interior items. The articles will be auctioned on Jan. 23, 2016.

The auction offerings to look for include: a pair of Venetian style walnut beds, where a young JFK slept, alongside his brother Joe Kennedy, Jr.; the walnut framed massage table where JFK received therapeutic massages for his back ailments, and the Louis XV provincial style mahogany banquet table where the Kennedy family enjoyed many meals.

All auction items can be seen in the catalogue on the auction house’s site.

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