Objects from Kennedy 'Winter White House' to be auctioned


Miami (AFP)

Dozens of original objects and furnishings from the Kennedys' "Winter White House" Florida estate go under the hammer Saturday, according to the auctioneer.

Items up for grabs from the Palm Beach oceanside getaway include everything from a bed president John F. Kennedy slept in to the dining room table his family gathered around, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers said.

Although Kennedy's parents lived in the estate permanently, the former president would often visit the house where "significant presidential meetings and appointments took place," during his administration.

The 153 items that are up for auction were sold by the Kennedys in 1995 along with the house, which they owned for 62 years.

Items for sale include a Louis XV banquet table at an estimated $4,000 to $6,000 and a walnut-framed massage table for $2,000 to $4,000.

The home and much of its contents were purchased by the Castle family from the Kennedys more than two decades ago.

The Castles sold the house last year for $31 million and are now auctioning many of the belongings.