I'm usually not interested in sales of celebrity memorabilia, but I admit this one caught my interest.
It's a rare Aberlour-Glenlivet Scotch whisky bottled by WH Holt & Sons, once in the estate of Kirk LeMoyne "Lem" Billings (1916-1981), President John F Kennedy's prep school roommate and lifelong friend. It has an estimated auction value of $2,500 to $3,000. The whisky will be part of the October 13 Bonhams auction in New York City of "Whisky, Cognac & Rare Spirits."
The bottle has a rare engraved silver capsule reading "Happy Birthday from Jack." It is believed to be a rare memento of the strong friendship between the two men. The two were so close that Billings had his own room in the White House during Kennedy's administration.
Additional auction highlights with presidential connections:
• Two bottles of Maker's Mark bourbon selected for President Ronald Reagan by the George Washington University Hospital doctors who saved his life after the March 1981 assassination attempt. The bottles were selected to honor Reagan’s 1985 inauguration. Estimated value: $1,500 to $2,000 each.
• A bottle of rum with presidential seal and explanatory label, made from a blend of Jamaican varieties, including a vintage distilled in 1906 to commemorate President Theodore Roosevelt's Nobel Peace Prize. This bottle was given to President Reagan to commemorate his 1982 visit to the island. Estimated value: $600 to $800.
You can find out more about the items to be auctioned by going here.