JFK White House rocking chair sells for $591,000 at Dallas Heritage auction this weekend

DALLAS (KDAF) — A piece of history from John F. Kennedy’s presidency sold for nearly $600,000 at Heritage Auctions Dallas over the weekend.

One of 12 rocking chairs made for President Kennedy, made in 1961, sold for $591,000 on Saturday, May 7. Bidding started at $57,500.

“There is no secret to the tremendous success of this auction,” Heritage Auctions executive vice president Joe Maddalena said in a press release. “The quality of the material was second to none and our collector customers were rewarded with the eye of Pete Mark for buying only the best of the best. I started working with Pete to find and secure some of these items 35 years ago, and his family has trusted me again to help them find new homes for these treasures to benefit their hometown of Portland. It was not only my absolute pleasure, but a real honor.

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The chair was sold as one of many historic pieces of American history to be sold at Saturday’s auction, including:

  • A life jacket from the USS West Virginia, recovered from the water after the Pearl Harbor bombing
  • An engraved facsimile of the Declaration of Independence
  • Mount Vernon’s Hand-Written Landscape Plan by George Washington
  • A letter written by a man who boarded the Titanic
  • The only copy of the Atlantic Charter signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill
  • One of 250 surviving Enigma machines used by the Germans to encrypt top secret messages during World War II

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