After Marrying Jackie, JFK Sent Woman Love Letters

He fell for Gunilla Von Post weeks before his lavish wedding
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2015 4:03 AM CST
Updated Nov 24, 2015 9:11 AM CST
This image shows an envelope post marked June 28, 1954 and addressed to Gunilla Von Post by John F. Kennedy. The letters are up for an auction which ends March 3, 2010.   (AP Photo/Legendary
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(Newser) – Exactly 52 years and one day after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, a batch of letters the then senator wrote to Swedish socialite Gunilla von Post sold for $15,000 at Upper East Side auction house Doyle New York, reports People. This set includes two complete letters on Senate stationary, three hand-written envelopes, and two partial letters, reports the New York Post. They provide a candid glimpse into the steamy love affair that started just weeks before Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in September 1953. "Is there any chance you shall be there as I would like to say hello," wrote Kennedy of a planned 1954 trip to Stockholm that was canceled. "I am anxious to see you—is it not strange after all these months?" he wrote the following summer, before a weeklong romp in Sweden.

Kennedy and von Post met in Cannes, France, in the summer of 1953, and the letters, found among von Post's belongings when she died in 2011, date from June 1954 to August 1956. In them, Kennedy asks the 21-year-old beauty to meet him in Stockholm, tells her she "looked well and happy" in a photo she sent, and reacts to news that she was to marry a wealthy Swedish landowner. "I had a wonderful time last summer with you," he wrote in his final letter in 1956. "It is a bright memory of my life—you are wonderful and I miss you." It was the same month Jackie gave birth to a stillborn, reports the Huffington Post. Another batch of letters between the two sold in 2010 for significantly more: $115,000. (These photos from the Kennedys' wedding were revealed for the first time last year.)

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