NASHVILLE, TN (PRWEB) August 30, 2006
The Aubrey Mayhew Collection (JFKPHENOMENON.COM) is currently available for the first time in 40 years. A private collection of museum quality artifacts and memorabilia, it is recognized as the largest and most complete chronicle of Kennedy era history, containing thousands of extraordinary items, including the actual “Sniper’s Perch” from the Texas School Book Depository Building that Lee Harvey Oswald shot through and killed President John F. Kennedy. The “Sniper’s Perch” is the single most unique piece of history in private hands today.
The collection also contains personal Kennedy family items, letters, documents, journals, fine art, sculptures, metallic art, autographs, family photos, political items, books, reports, collectibles of all sorts related to the Kennedys, their families and others directly or indirectly related to the Kennedys. Included are the last known files of Jack Ruby, his personal appointment book, and fixtures from his famed Carousel Club. In addition to the "Sniper's Perch," the collection includes furniture from the Texas School Book Depository Building that was used by Lee Harvey Oswald.
Says Aubrey Mayhew of his collection, “It is a reflection of the people. I was in Houston on that day, and without hesitation, my instincts came into play and I realized the impact of the event and how it would affect the people and the history of the world. This was a perfect subject for a collector and historian; an opportunity to collect and record history while it was happening, to capture the people’s reactions, their reflections of that day and in the years to come. Over the next 40 years, I collected every significant item related to JFK, traveled extensively, interviewed thousands of people and researched the lives of the Kennedys. I have created the largest life chronicle and collection of artifacts and memorabilia relating to JFK and the Kennedy family known.”
Mr. Mayhew, historian, collector, and JFK authority, has been collecting JFK memorabilia for over forty years. He is also a legendary country music producer and has worked in the music industry throughout his entire professional career. His achievements continue to have effect on music aficionados old and new, and the songs he has written and produced over the years are testament to his legacy.
In addition to his music career, he has remained a passionate collector of all things related to the Kennedy family, a pursuit that began the day President Kennedy was assassinated. In 1963 he produced the first JFK tribute album that sold 8 million copies. In 1967 he authored the book "The World's Tribute to John F. Kennedy in Metallic Art," published by William Morrow. In 1969 he opened the John F. Kennedy Memorial Center, Museum and Library that housed the largest private collection of Kennedy memorabilia in existence, totaling 30,000 individual items at the time. In April of 1970 he purchased the Texas School Book Depository Building saving it from demolition. He had planned to open a museum but when the state of Texas took notice of his plans they realized the historical value of the building and began proceedings to take control of it citing that "the building should be owned by the people of Texas." In 1972 after a long fight he lost the building but took with him an important piece of history, The Sniper's Perch. In the following years he continued to secure other significant items including the PT-59 (intact), the boat Kennedy commanded shortly after the Japanese destroyed his PT-109.
Mr. Mayhew continued to collect all things Kennedy. This collection is very rare and very desirable for collectors of JFK memorabilia.
The Aubrey Mayhew collection is available for immediate viewing and is for sale through his website JFKPHENOMENON.COM.
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