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Letters from Jackie O to Irish priest go under the hammer

The letters, which will be sold in June, contain details of her engagement to John F Kennedy and his assassination.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy with Fr Joseph Leonard in Dublin in 1950.
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy with Fr Joseph Leonard in Dublin in 1950.

LETTERS WRITTEN BY US President John F Kennedy’s wife, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, or ‘Jackie O’, to an Irish priest, are being auctioned off in Ireland this summer.

The 33 letters, sent to Fr Joseph Leonard, contain details of her engagement to the US President and his assassination in 1963. She had met the priest on a trip to Ireland in 1950 with her stepbrother.

Many of the letters are written on personal stationary or on stationary of the White House. They are being auctioned by Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Durrow, Co Laois.

Source: Sheppard's Irish Auction House

The auctioneers will be offering a further 21 lots of correspondence and photographs associated with the first lady.

Estimates range from €400 to €1.2 million and the auction will take place on 10 June.

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