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JFK memorabilia exhibit draws hundreds to Mass. auction preview

This undated phoprovided by John McInnis Auctioneers Amesbury Mass. shows late President John F. Kennedy right with his wife Jacqueline

This undated photo provided by John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury, Mass., shows late President John F. Kennedy, right, with his wife, Jacqueline, center, and sister-in-law Ethyl Kennedy, left. The photograph is among items to be auctioned Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. The family of David Powers, a former special assistant to President John F. Kennedy, is auctioning hundreds of photographs, documents, gifts and other memorabilia that once belonged to the late president. (AP Photo/John McInnis Auctioneers)

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BOSTON — A preview of John F. Kennedy memorabilia including notes by his special assistant on the day the president was assassinated is drawing hundreds of people to the northern Massachusetts town of Amesbury.

David Powers, who died in 1998, was Kennedy’s assistant and close personal friend. He also was the first curator of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston until he retired in 1994.

On Sunday, Powers’ family will auction hundreds of photographs, documents, gifts and other JFK memorabilia at John McInnis Auctioneers in Amesbury.

The auction house says Powers’ relatives found “an extraordinary collection” locked away last year as they prepared to sell the family home. Powers’ family is keeping some memorabilia and may give other items to the Kennedy Library.



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