Kennedy Family 'Winter White House' Furniture Will Be Up For Auction On Jan. 23
History buffs will soon get the chance to own furniture that belonged to one of America’s most iconic families.
Furniture from the Kennedy “Winter White House” in Palm Beach will go up for auction on Saturday, Jan. 23.
On exhibition at the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers showroom in West Palm Beach this week, the pieces also include original furnishings from renowned area architect Addison Mizner, who designed the estate for department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker II in 1923. Joseph Kennedy Sr. purchased the home a decade later. It remained in the family for 62 years.
Located at 1095 N. Ocean Blvd., the Kennedy retreat became known as the "Winter White House" after John F. Kennedy became president. John Castle purchased the home—and its furnishings—in 1995 and sold the estate in 2015. He recently put the items up for auction.
Among the more unique items up for grabs are a massage table where John F. Kennedy received treatments during his stays at the home, white-painted garden furniture where the Kennedy family enjoyed South Florida’s warm weather, and a pair of Venetian-style twin beds where the president once slept alongside his brother Joe Kennedy Jr. and, later, his wife, Jacqueline.
Additionally, artifacts such as a black metal steamer trunk with a label showing matriarch Rose Kennedy's name and Hyannis Port address, are also available.
About 150 items make up the collection, but two pieces in particular are expected to be among the most popular: an impressive 18-foot mahogany dining table where the Kennedys enjoyed family dinners—with a “strictly set” seating arrangement that put Joseph Kennedy Sr. at the head—and a late 19th century eight-panel floor screen.
As is the case with many items in the collection, the screen comes with quite the backstory. According to Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, it once belonged to Sir Winston Churchill’s daughter Lady Mary Soames, who hosted the Kennedys at her English estate. After Lady Mary mentioned how cold her home was, Rose Kennedy traded her fur coat for the piece, which she'd been admiring.
With prices ranging anywhere from $100 to $200 for a pair of wooden chairs, to $4,000 to $6,000 for the mahogany banquet table, it's hard to say how much these items will go for at auction.
"Anytime there's a famous person associated with something, bidding tends to be elevated," auctioneer Leslie Hindman said in September.
Take a look at some of the items, below:
Venetian Style Walnut Twin Beds ($3,000-$5,000)
Walnut Framed Massage Table ($2,000-$4,000)
2 Pairs Of Upholstered Armchairs ($800-$1,200 each set)
Pair Of Gilt Metal Floor Lamps ($400-$600)
Regency Style Walnut Low Table ($600-$800)
A Coromandel Eight-Panel Floor Screen ($2,000-$4,000)
Set Of Fourteen Spanish Baroque-Style Walnut Dining Chairs ($3,000-$5,000)
A Louis XV Provincial-Style Mahogany Banquet Table ($4,000-$6,000)
Polish Glass Vase ($100-$200)
Continental Mahogany Console Table ($500-$700)
A Continental Burlwood Commode ($1,000-$2,000)
Group Of White Painted Bedroom Furniture ($200-$400)
Group Of White-Painted Chests Of Drawers ($300-$500)
White-Painted Secretary Bookcase ($400-$600)
Pair Of White-Painted Banks Of Drawers ($1,000-$2,000)
Pair Of Blue And White Table Lamps ($300-$500);
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers Saleroom; 1608 S. Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach