Handwritten Note By JFK From Night Before Assassination Sells For Nearly $35,000 At Auction

A handwritten note by President John F. Kennedy from the night before he was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas has sold for tens of thousands of dollars at auction. The notes and scribbles, captured on stationery from Houston’s Rice Hotel on Nov. 21, 1963, fetched $34,504.

Offering a poignant glimpse into the final hours of JFK’s presidency, RR Auction says the document, written in pencil, contains various notations likely made during a telephone conversation.

President John F. Kennedy handwritten note
President John F. Kennedy handwritten note. (credit: RR Auction)

It includes references to the year “1963,” numerical notes like “10 thousand tons” and “50 or 60 %,” a noted time of “11:45,” and the surname “Smith” mentioned twice — possibly referring to Stephen E. Smith, Kennedy’s brother-in-law and campaign strategist.

The page also showcases Kennedy’s familiar doodles, including underlines, boxes, and an arrow.

The artifact sold with a letter of provenance from renowned Kennedy collector Robert L. White.

“This page is special because it was written at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas on Nov. 21, 1963 just 1 day before his assassination in Dallas. Kennedy attended a meeting of the League of United Latin American Citizens at the Rice Hotel,” says White. “This page came to me in 1995 along with 4 other pages written on this Rice Hotel note paper. Mrs. Evelyn Lincoln gave me them as they were in her personal collection and saved by her.”

“Kennedy’s handwriting remains highly coveted by presidential collectors, with examples deriving from his last night alive being part of an elusive and ever-shrinking group,” notes Bobby Livingston, executive vice president at RR Auction.

The RR Auction sale concluded on May 15.

JFK’S Last Night

President John F. Kennedy arrived at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas, at 5 p.m. on Nov. 21, 1963, where he stayed for three-and-a-half hours. During this time, he appeared at a League of United Latin American Citizens Councils and read a statement honouring Joe A. Garza for his work with the organisation.

After the meeting, he left the Rice Hotel to attend a dinner for Congressman Albert Thomas at the Coliseum, and later that night, went to the Texas Hotel in Fort Worth, where he stayed until morning.

JFK’s Assassination

On Nov. 22, 1963, the United States was shocked by the tragic assassination of its 35th President, John F. Kennedy, in Dallas. The event sent shockwaves throughout the nation and the world, leaving an indelible mark on American history.

President Kennedy, along with his wife Jacqueline, was traveling in a motorcade through Dealey Plaza when shots rang out at approximately 12:30 p.m. CT. The president was struck in the head and neck by the gunfire, while Texas Gov. John Connally, who was riding in the same car, was also critically wounded. Despite being rushed to Parkland Hospital, Kennedy was pronounced dead at 1:00 p.m. CT.

Lee Harvey Oswald, a former U.S. Marine with Soviet sympathies, was identified as the primary suspect and was apprehended by Dallas police shortly after the shooting. Oswald was found hiding in a nearby movie theater after evidence led authorities to the Texas School Book Depository, where the shots were believed to have originated.

Oswald was shot and killed by Jack Ruby days after JFK’s assassination.

HobbyListings editor Matt Higgins and SWNS reporter Dean Murray contributed to this report.

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