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John F Kennedy love letters to Swedish siren up for auction

Passionately tender correspondence written by John F Kennedy to his Swedish sweetheart is up for auction in the United States.

John F Kennedy love letters to Swedish siren up for auction

The letters and telegrams are being sold by Gunilla von Post, now 78, described by Kennedy as my “Swedish flicka” (girl).

The relationship started in 1953, just before Kennedy’s marriage, when he met the 21-year-old Swedish siren on the French Riviera. A “magical evening” with the 35-year-old Kennedy, then a senator, led to a series of 11 letters and three telegrams from him. The relationship was maintained, off and on, for five years.

In one letter, dated 1956, Kennedy writes that “I got word today – that my wife & sister are coming here. It will all be complicated the way I feel now – my Swedish flicka. All I have done is sit in the sun & look at the ocean & think of Gunilla… All love, Jack.”

In 1997, von Post wrote a book about the relationship, and spoke movingly of her American beau. She recalls being “flooded with warm feelings…his charismatic smile.”

They met for the last time in 1958 at the Paris Ball in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York, and shared a final goodbye.

Bidding started at $25,000 on Tuesday and is set to continue for fifteen days. Four bids had been placed at the time of writing, topping out at $32,500.

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AUCTION

Abba’s old BMW brings in the money, money, money at auction

Mamma mia! A BMW that once was used by Swedish pop icons Abba around has sold at an auction in Paris.

Abba's old BMW brings in the money, money, money at auction
Abba in their heyday. Photo: TT

A BMW 633 that once belonged to Abba has sold for €34,500 (341,000 kronor) at auction house Sotheby's.

The special piece of automotive heritage, as Sotheby's put it, pulled in beyond initial estimates of 210,000 to 300,000 kronor. 

The BMW followed the band around on European tours in the seventies and was used as a standby vehicle for band members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.

It was ordered in Polaris Silver (060) over black leather with a four-speed manual gearbox, the auction house wrote.

The bodywork of the vehicle and its interior are unmarked and it still has its rare TRX alloy wheels, the auctioneers said. 

It came with copies of the original documents signed by Ulvaeus and Andersson.

To see more pictures of the car, see the full listing from Sotheby's here

The sale marks the second time this year that an auction has seen pop stars, Sweden, and auctioned cars crop up in the headlines. Indeed, David Bowie's Volvo 262C pulled in a pretty penny last month when it sold for $216,000.