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JFK jacket sold for over $600

Feb 18 2013 19:06 AFP

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Washington - A leather bomber jacket that belonged to slain US president John F. Kennedy has been sold at auction for $665 500, far exceeding the initial estimate, a Massachusetts auction house said on Monday.

The brown Air Force One jacket was one of 700 pieces put on the auction block on Sunday after the family of David Powers, a special assistant to Kennedy, discovered a treasure trove of JFK memorabilia in the Powers family home.

The jacket was initially estimated at $20 000 to $40 000.

Among the other JFK items up for sale, nearly 50 years after his assassination, were photographs, campaign posters, letters and books belonging to the president.

The sale lasted more than six hours, the house said.

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