A diary with John Fitzgerald “Jack” Kennedy (JFK) unedited inner thoughts on politics and his personal beliefs was sold at a Boston auction Wednesday for $718,750.
Boston-based RR Auction said the diary sold for $718,750, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $200,000. Joseph Alsop, a JFK collector from Beverly, outbid one other live and six telephone bidders in a packed house for the 61-page diary. Alsop, 71, plans to add it to his personal collection, auction officials said.
Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston said the auction was thrilling, with bidders from around the country vying for the personal observations of the man who’d become president.
“My expectations were exceeded, but I’m not surprised because it’s such a significant and historic manuscript,” Livingston said.
The diary’s new owner is the nephew of Joseph Alsop V and the son of Stewart Alsop, two brothers and influential columnists during the Kennedy presidency.
“I’m happy to own it,” said Alsop, who was 16 when he met Kennedy at his uncle’s home in 1960. “I think it’s a wonderful object and a tribute to Kennedy’s development as an individual. He displays a remarkable degree of insight into world affairs at a very young age.”