Want Jackie Kennedy‘s style secrets? Seventeen letters written by the late fashion maven to her personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, Marita O’Connor, will hit the auction block on Nov. 22 as part of a three-day auction of Kennedy memorabilia through John McInnis Auctioneers.
“She knew exactly what she wanted,” Dan Meader, an appraiser for the auction house John McInnes Auctioneers, told the New York Daily News. “To see her own words, her own design of herself… to me it marks a monumental change in American fashion.”
Crafted in the 1960s, the hand-written letters reveal the former First Lady’s specific shopping requests, such as accessories she hoped to secure. In one letter, Kennedy even drew a picture of the shoes she needed for the Presidential inauguration in January 1961.
“She’d look at the magazine, tear out a page, and write ‘Marita, this is what I’m looking for, this is what I want.’ It’s pretty telling,” explained Meader. Bidding for the letters will begin at $2,000, but insiders speculate they could sell for much more. Other personal items such as photographs, drawings and clothes belonging to the Kennedys will also be availble for purchase.
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