A 22-foot sailing boat once owned by former US president John F. Kennedy is headed to the auction block at the Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas. As you can expect, the boat doesn’t come cheap as the starting price for bids is at $100,000.
The historical boat, called the Flash II, traces its historical ties with Kennedy back in the 1930s when the assassinated former US president and his brother, Joe, raced the vessel in a number of regattas during the decade, including several victories in the Nantuckey Sound Fleet racing circuit.
Kennedy eventually took ownership of the boat in 1940 but was forced to sell it when he joined the Navy during World War II. Since then, the boat has had several owners, not to mention several encounters with law enforcement authorities, before ending up in the hands of current owner Frank Harvey, who bought the boat back in 2005.
After a decade of ownership, Harvey’s putting the boat back on the market where it will be part of Heritage Auctions’ lot during the auction on May 18, 2015 in Dallas, Texas, the same city where its one-time owner was assassinated.
According to Mark Prendergast of Heritage Auctions, the boat is not only sea-ready, but is also a unique piece of American maritime history, thanks in large part to its ties with one of the most beloved US presidents of all time.
If that connection is established ahead of the auction date, you can be sure that its starting price of $100,000 is going to get blown out of the water, no pun intended.
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