The family of a former special assistant to President John F. Kennedy is auctioning hundreds of items, including JFK's Air
Force One leather bomber jacket and a birthday card John F. Kennedy Jr. gave to his father. (Feb. 14)
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SHOTLIST:AP TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLYAmesbury, Massachusetts - January 29, 20131. Wide shot of JFK's Air Force One leather bomber jacket that is being auctioned on February 172. Close up of JFK's Air Force One leather bomber jacket 3. Pan of JFK's Air Force One leather bomber jacket4. SOUNDBITE: Dan Meader/John McInnis Auctioneers"This is President Kennedy's Air Force One bomber jacket. It was presented to Dave Powers by the president in either 1961 or 1962. We're not sure exactly which year, he couldn't remember exactly. But the president wore this jacket, he loved this jacket. Dave treasured it and it was actually used so the public has seen this before."FILE PHOTO - Date unknown4. Photo of David Powers (left) and President John F. Kennedy 5. SOUNDBITE: Dan Meader/John McInnis Auctioneers"They had a really, really, really the closest bond that you can imagine. They said that the president had two really good friends, one being his brother Bobby and the other Dave Powers."6. Wide shot of items available at auction7. Wide shot of the rare birthday card and photo of JFK Jr. walks with his father at the White House8. Medium shot of interior of rare birthday card that 21/2-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr. gave to his father shortly before the president was assassinated9. SOUNDBITE: Dan Meader/John McInnis Auctioneers"So we have items in the sale running from John John's birthday card to what would be his father's last birthday. He was 2 1/2 years old, his father was going to be 46."10. Photo: Self-portrait shot by Jackie and which depicts her standing between then-Sen. Kennedy and his Ethel Kennedy11. SOUNDBITE: Dan Meader/John McInnis Auctioneers"You find a lot of photographs and things like that are more iconic in nature. But then when you get into the personal things that were inscribed to dave from the family members, that's when it hits. You look and to open a book and see the schedule - you see these things and I get goose bumps. That's how emotional this whole collection is."12. Close up of a leather-bound book in which Jackie Kennedy wrote a message to Powers saying "You and I will miss him the most" shortly after Kennedy was assassinated. Jackie gave the book to Powers as a Christmas present -- a copy of all presidential inaugural addresses that Kennedy had compiled shortly before he was killed and which had planned to give to friends and aides as a Christmas gift.13. SOUNDBITE: Dan Meader/John McInnis Auctioneers"The low estimate is about $385,000. The high estimate is $650 or $675,000. So that gives you an idea of what the whole total might bring. Some things will go higher, some things will go lower. But it all averages out in the end."14. Medium shot of Powers' copy of the presidential itinerary with details of Kennedy's final hours, including when he was shot, how he helped carry him in a stretcher as he was rushed to the operating room, time of death, and what happened afterwardSTORYLINE: The family of a former special assistant to President John F. Kennedy is auctioning hundreds of photographs, documents, gifts and other memorabilia that once belonged to the late president.David Powers, who died in 1998, was a close personal friend to Kennedy and his wife, Jackie. He was also the first curator of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston until he retired in 1994.Powers' family found "an extraordinary collection" of memorabilia locked away last year as they prepared to sell the family home, according to John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury.Powers, who joined Kennedy for his first political campaign for Congress in 1946 and was with him when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963, collected keepsakes and documents spanning years of friendship with the Kennedy family. His collection of about 2,000 items will be auctioned in 723 lots on Feb. 17.The collection includes the president's Air Force One leather bomber jacket; photos of the baptism of his only surviving child, Caroline Kennedy; pictures of John F. Kennedy Jr.'s birthday party taken in December 1963; a birthday card that a young John F. Kennedy Jr. sent to his father a few months before he was assassinated; and a collage of photos that show JFK and Jackie before he was elected president. The JFK Library, which is charged with promoting the life and legacy of Kennedy, says it is trying to figure out whether some of the items belong to the institution."The Kennedy Library is working with the family of Dave Powers to explore whether any of the items currently up for auction by the Powers family properly belong to the Kennedy Library and should be donated to library similar to other items that they have donated in the past," the institution said in a statement released Friday.Dan Meader, of John McInnis Auctioneers, played down ownership concerns. "You have to remember they've donated so much stuff through the years," Meader said. "These are their own private things and the Powers family ... loves the JFK Library and they want to do anything they can do to preserve that legacy that their father started."Meader said he did not know how much the auction is likely to generate or the estimated total value of the items being sold.The auctioneer's highest estimate was for the bomber jacket, at $20,000 to $40,000, while some lots were estimated in the $50 to $100 range.The memorabilia, Meader said, has generated interest from all over the world. People from Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, Canada, Australia, United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands and elsewhere have already registered to bid, he said.