Love letters that John F. Kennedy wrote to a Swedish inamorata he fell for weeks before marrying Jacqueline Bouvier sold for $15,000 at auction today in New York City.
On the day after the 52nd anniversary of the assassination of the former president, Doyle New York sold a group of letters the then-senator sent to Gunilla von Post, a Swedish beauty he met by chance in Cannes in the summer of 1953, a few weeks before his wedding to Jackie in September 1953. The New York Post first reported news of the sale.
Today's auction included two complete letters on Senate stationery along with two partial letters and three envelopes. They were estimated to sell for between $10,000 and $15,000.
The earliest letter, according to the lot description, "likely dates from June 1954, one year since von Post and Kennedy's initial meeting but their first opportunity to consider meeting again."
"Is there any chance you shall be there as I would like to say hello[?]" Kennedy writes in one. Another one reads, "I am anxious to see you — is it not strange after all these months? Perhaps at first it shall be a little difficult as we shall be strangers — but not strangers... It is a long way to Gunilla — it is worth it. Jack."
Von Post published Love, Jack in 1997, and a first edition copy of the memoir accompanies this lot. She oversaw the sale of her archive of letters from Kennedy in 2010, and this group of letters was found among von Post's possessions after her death in 2011. They were sold on behalf of her estate.