President John F. Kennedy's rocking chair from his White House bedroom is being offered for auction at Heritage Auction Galleries. The chair was made by P & P Co. of Asheboro, North Carolina and over the years he had approximately fourteen identical chairs that were used in numerous places, such as Air Force One, his offices, bedroom etc. This chair has the original upholstery that was done by White House upholsterer Larry Arata.
From the Heritage Auction Galleries:
Several of JFK's rocking chairs have appeared on the auction market, and have proven among the most sought-after and highly valued of Kennedy relics. At the famous 1996 New York Auction of Jacqueline Kennedy's possessions, two Kennedy rockers were sold, one for $442,500, and one for $453,500. In a 1998 auction the rocker from Kennedy's suite at the Carlisle Hotel fetched $332,500, while an example lacking its Arata upholstery sold at the 2005 auction of Kennedy Family Property for "only" $96,000 (against an estimate of $20,000-$30,000).
The famed Robert White Collection, auctioned in New York in 2005, contained two Kennedy rockers. The better one was actually withdrawn from the sale, while the lesser example sold for $60,000 plus the buyer's premium.