Two never before seen watercolour paintings by President John F Kennedy were sold at auction in January 2020.
The paintings were part of a lot that contains several pieces of memorabilia relating to the late US president.
Much of Kennedy’s life was lived out in the public domain, but few are aware that he was a talented artist.
The two watercolours being sold were painted by the leader during his election campaign in 1960.
President Kennedy was known to have a love of New York city, and also of sailing and both paintings encompass those passions.
The first painting is of a scene at Sheepshead Bay, and the second of the Marine Bridge.
Both pieces were dated and signed by the President Kennedy.
The paintings have only recently become known to the public. They were given as gifts to a close friend of the President, but the owner now believes they should be on display in a museum or gallery so that they can be enjoyed by the public.
The paintings will be sold as part of a larger collection of memorabilia and artefacts relating to the late President.
The lot has a starting price of $1.5m. If it does not achieve that sale price then the lot will be broken up into smaller lots and sold separately.
In that case, the paintings would begin with a starting price of $5,000.
The collection has been described as “the finest, most comprehensive and historically significant JFK Collection ever assembled by a private collector”.
As well as the paintings it included campaign posters, journal entries, photographs, speeches and postcards sent when he visited Ireland.
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