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John F. Kennedy’s signed U.S. senate ID card sells for $20,000

The U.S. Senate ID card of John F. Kennedy, signed in fountain pen and issued in 1952, sold for $20,000 during RR Auctions' May auction.

BOSTON, — John F. Kennedy’s Senate ID Card sold for $20,000, according to Boston-based RR Auction. The item was one of several pieces of Kennedy memorabilia brought to auction recently.

The one-of-a-kind historically significant official US Senate personal identification card issued to John F. Kennedy, featured an image of the young senator, neatly signed in full in fountain pen, “John F. Kennedy.”

Senate ID Present In JFK's Everyday 

Kennedy Senate ID

Signed John F. Kennedy U.S. Senate identification card, commanded $20,017. (All photos courtesy of RR Auction)

Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Kennedy’s longtime secretary Evelyn Lincoln on US Senate memorandum letterhead, April 27, 1987, to noted JFK collector Robert L. White, stating in part: “The I.D. card issued to the late John F. Kennedy, was carried by him in his wallet, while he was a United States Senator.”

His service, following a three-year term as representative, extends into the Senate. The term began on January 3, 1953. His service as junior senator from Massachusetts extended to December 22, 1960, just before entering the presidency.

“This personal ID card is an absolutely amazing relic from this important stage in his political life,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive Vice President at RR Auction.

Photos Recount Kennedy's Political Evolution

An additional highlight from the online offering was an incredible assortment of historic Kennedy photographs from The Ronnie Paloger Collection.

“Among the collection were rare seldom-seen photographs of a youthful-looking JFK during his first foray into politics from his 1946 congressional campaign — his 1952 senatorial race, and gorgeous wedding photos of Jack and Jackie,” said Tricia Eaton, Specialty Auction Director at RR Auction.

Additional highlights of the sale:

• Set of gold-and-black eagle bookends displayed by John F. Kennedy in his Senate office, and in the

Kennedy's Bookends

Set of gold-and-black eagle bookends displayed by John F. Kennedy in his Senate office and then later in the White House. Each bookend measures approximately 5 3/4” x 8” x 5 3/4”, weighs approximately 1 1/2 pounds, and features an eagle with outstretched wings and perched atop a semicircular black base adorned with gold stars and a garland border. In overall fine condition, with a small chip to one wing, the pair sold at auction for $19,500.

White House, $19,500.
— John F. Kennedy original portrait artwork by Louis Lupas, $12,240.
• John F. Kennedy family’s china tea-cup used aboard the presidential yacht, the ‘Honey Fitz,’ $6,063.
— John F. Kennedy 1951 letter to a constituent, $4,961.

The John F. Kennedy Auction from RR Auction began on May 11 and concluded on May 18. More details can be found online at

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