December 9, 2022


Art Is Experience

JFK’s letters to secret lover up for auction

An indecent bit of history is up for sale.

Just one entire and two partial letters published by President John F. Kennedy to his Swedish mistress, aristocrat Gunilla von Publish, are currently up for bidding at a Boston-dependent auction property.

“I experienced a fantastic time last summer with you. It is a vivid memory of my existence — you are fantastic and I overlook you,” reads one particular of JFK’s letters — all of which are published on formal United States Senate paper — postmarked February 1956 and dealt with to von Publish. “If you really don’t marry occur in excess of as I should like to see you.”

JFK hand-wrote the personal letters to von Publish soon after conference her in the French Riviera in the summer of 1953, when he was a Massachusetts U.S. Senator and engaged to Jacqueline Bouvier. Inspite of the danger the pair’s affair posed for both of those their reputations, Publish wrote in her 1997 memoir “Love, Jack” that they taken care of it for several years.

“I am anxious to see you,” Kennedy wrote in one particular of the partial letters. 

The enthusiasts observed every single other for the last time by incident in 1958 at a gala. They’d stopped creating every single other in 1956 when Kennedy requested von Publish to see him, but she’d now broken off get hold of soon after starting to be engaged. 

All are written on official government paper.
All letters are published on formal govt paper.
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Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and von Publish died in 2011. 

“This is the only Kennedy letter that we have supplied that displays open affection to yet another woman while he was married,” a consultant for the auction property informed SWNS. “This supplied team of letters was found among her belongings soon after her dying in 2011 and originates from her estate.”

The auction finishes Could twelve. 

Two of the letters include things like their unique hand-dealt with United States Senate envelopes, SWNS noted. The JFK letters are aspect of a much larger artifact and autograph sale at the auction property which involves a 1935 portrait of JFK, a three-web site handwritten draft of the speech in which he announced his intention to operate for president and a signed photograph of John and Robert Kennedy as President and Lawyer Basic.

The auction has one full and two partial letters up for sale.
The auction has one particular entire and two partial letters up for sale.
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