Jackie O's Private Letters Pulled From Auction
They'll apparently go to Kennedy family instead
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2014 4:30 PM CDT
In this Oct. 5, 1960, file photo, Jacqueline Kennedy poses at her typewriter in her Georgetown home in Washington.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – Personal letters written by Jackie Kennedy won't be going up for auction after all, reports the BBC. All Hallows College in Ireland has called off the sale after a barrage of criticism and is now talking with the Kennedy family on "how best to preserve and curate this archive for the future." Jackie wrote more than 30 letters from 1950 to 1964 to an Irish priest who lived at the college, and there they sat all this time. The school revealed their existence last week, along with plans for the auction and a likely multimillion-dollar payday.

The college didn't say why it canceled the Dublin sale, but the Boston Globe notes that it had endured criticism that it was cashing in on intimate letters never intended to be made public. Among other things, Jackie wrote to Father Joseph Leonard of her concerns about JFK's infidelity, her own faith, and her husband's assassination. It's still not clear whether the letters will end up in the John F. Kennedy Library or whether the college will get any money for them.

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Linderr
May 22, 2014 1:15 AM CDT
They were private letters and thats that. They were not intended to be put up for sale and read around the world by anyone let alone a priest or the priest family. That would violate all that is good and decent.
BoiseNoise
May 22, 2014 12:08 AM CDT
I'm glad to see that they backed off on this one. Letters written to a priest in confidence should never have been made public.
Smellthecoffee
May 21, 2014 5:22 PM CDT
She was a first lady with class...she knew about her galavanting husband and kept her cool despite her anger. When JFK was shot she hung off the back of the limousine to pull a secret service agent into the moving vehicle. She had courage and class. They don't make too many like her anymore.