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ITEMS FROM JFK, WIDOW TO BE AUCTIONED IN 2005

Furniture, artwork and knickknacks from the homes of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis will be auctioned in February, Sotheby's announced Tuesday.

The auction, to be held Feb. 15-17, is more modest than a 1996 Kennedy auction at Sotheby's that brought in $34.5 million, including $2.5 million for an engagement ring from Aristotle Onassis. The latest auction features some 600 lots, including art and books.

Many items have presale estimates as low as $200, though the Kennedy mystique could drive prices up.

The property was consigned by Caroline Kennedy, who in an introduction to the catalog says a portion of the auction proceeds will go to the library foundation and other charities.

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