BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — From a neck tie to a back brace to a handwritten draft of a speech announcing his presidential run, hundreds of items belonging to President John F. Kennedy are hitting the auction block.
A California man who has collected Kennedy memorabilia throughout the years is putting all of the items up as a single sale through Boston's RR Auction for a beginning bid of $1.5 million. Ronnie Paloger, 70, says he’s selling the items now to help fund his retirement, and that he hopes to keep the historic collection together as a single entity.
Prospective buyers can bid on the collection online from January 17th to the 23rd.
Paloger says the only way he’ll consider selling items separately is if no one bids on the entire collection.
Auction officials say they think the Kennedy collection will ultimately sell for significantly more than the initial offering price. Kennedy's diary from the summer of 1945 alone sold at auction for nearly $719,000 in 2017.
The collection is being held in the auction house’s Amherst office in New Hampshire and can be viewed by appointment.