Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Would You Pay $1.2 Million For JFK’s Sweat-Stained Shirt?

TAMPA, Fla. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Would you pay $1.2 million for a sweat-stained shirt that is missing a button? What if it was worn by President John F. Kennedy at his 1961 inauguration?

Believe it or not, that’s how much memorabilia collector Steven Weintraub hopes to get for the shirt, which he purchased from JFK’s former Secret Service Agent a year ago.

He says the president popped the button while in a limo and gave it to the agent to get it fixed and cleaned. However, the agent decided to keep it for historical purposes and never washed it in the 41 years he owned it.

Maybe he should have. There are stains all over the shirt but considering JFK’s randy reputation, Weintraub doesn’t “want to do a DNA test to find out what’s on it.”

Instead, he’s auctioning the shirt in the next few months and hopes to get as much as $1.2 million, which he will donate to Thurman Munson’s Hope Through Housing, a charity that builds low-cost homes for working families.

Weintraub says the shirt is a piece of history and hopes whoever purchases it donates it to the Kennedy Library “in exchange for a huge tax write-off.”

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