JFK’s steamy love letters and ‘I miss you’ plea to Swedish mistress up for sale
Secret love letters written by president John F Kennedy to his Swedish mistress are going under the hammer – and could be yours for around £20,000.
In the notes, the US President-to-be pours out his feelings to aristocrat Gunilla von Post before he married Jacqueline Bouvier – although he continued the affair after tying the knot.
The two met on the French Riviera in the summer of 1953 when he was then a Massachusetts US senator and just weeks away from his wedding. He was 36 and von Post, 21.
The letters, which are on sale at RR Auction in JFK's home city of Boston, are estimated to fetch upwards of £21,000.
One letter postmarked February 1956 reads: "If you don't marry, come over as I should like to see you.
"I had a wonderful time last summer with you.
"It is a bright memory of my life – you are wonderful and I miss you."
The two exchanged letters for the next three years.
The single full and two partial letters written by the president are currently up for bidding at a Boston-based auction house.
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All were handwritten on official United States Senate paper — postmarked February 1956 and addressed to von Post.
He penned them after meeting her in the French Riviera in the summer of 1953, when he was a Massachusetts US Senator and engaged to Jacqueline Bouvier, the New York Post reports.
Despite the danger the pair’s affair posed for both their reputations, von Post wrote in her 1997 memoir “Love, Jack” that they maintained it for years.
“I am anxious to see you,” Kennedy wrote in one of the partial letters.
The lovers saw each other for the last time by accident in 1958 at a gala.
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They’d stopped writing each other in 1956 when Kennedy asked von Post to see him, but she’d already broken off contact after becoming engaged.
Kennedy was assassinated in 1963 and von Post died in 2011.
“This is the only Kennedy letter that we have offered that displays open affection to another woman while he was married,” a representative for the auction house told SWNS news agency.
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“This offered group of letters was found among her possessions after her death in 2011 and originates from her estate.”
The auction ends May 12.
Two of the letters include their original hand-addressed United States Senate envelopes, it was reported.
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The JFK letters are part of a larger artifact and autograph sale at the auction house which includes a 1935 portrait of JFK, a three-page handwritten draft of the speech in which he announced his intention to run for president and a signed photograph of John and Robert Kennedy as President and Attorney General.
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