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Unsold!: Jackie Kennedy letters to Irish priest withdrawn from auction

The disputed correspondence was due to fetch a multi-million euro figure.

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CONTROVERSIAL LETTERS from former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to an Irish priest have been withdrawn from auction.

The correspondence between the wife of JFK and Vincentian priest Fr Joseph Leonard took place over the course of 15 years until his death in 1954.

The letters were held by All Hallows College in Dublin for over 50 years and were expected to sell for a multi-million euro figure.

There had been dispute over the ownership of the letters and a court order last week stopped another individual from claiming ownership of the letters.

There was also been disagreement as to the rights and wrongs of selling hand-written personal letters from famously private individual. Jackie Kennedy never wrote an autobiography of her amazing life.

This evening, All Hallows have announced that they are to withdraw the letters from sale and auction house Sheppard’s have said that they are in the process of returning the archive.

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