Jacqueline Kennedy’s attractive personally-owned and -used golden clutch, measuring 7 x 4.5 x 1, featuring a stylish metallic gold exterior typifying the luxurious celebrity status associated with the first lady and her legacy. The interior is lined in cream-colored vinyl decorated with a pattern of tiny golden dots, and the purse is secured at the top with a fine gold-tone kisslock clasp. Noticeable overall creasing, otherwise fine condition. Originates from the Robert L. White collection and includes a detailed letter of provenance on White House letterhead signed by Evelyn Lincoln, who served as JFK’s only personal secretary for 12 years. In part: “When Jackie was moving out of the White House in December 1963 she was moving to the Harriman home in Georgetown. So she set up a room in that house with several long tables. On these tables she placed their discarded clothing. She also had blankets for smaller items. She then invited friends to come over to this room and choose any item or items which they desired. This gold evening bag, which you now have in your possession, was in one of the baskets of items belonging to Jackie.” Also accompanied by the original auction tag and catalog for the Guernsey’s sale of the Robert L. White collection, held in 2005. Following JFK’s assassination, Undersecretary of State W. Averell Harriman and his wife generously offered to vacate their Washington home for Jackie’s use. With superior provenance from one of the most famous Kennedy collections ever assembled, this lovely clutch purse is the epitome of Jackie Kennedy’s classic style as one of America’s greatest fashion icons of the era.
Absentee Bidding Starts Thursday February 12, 2015