The jacket was unearthed by the chaplain of King’s School, Canterbury, Canon Carl Arvidsson, who told the BBC programme it was handed down to him by his father who had a friend with family connections to glamorous Swedish socialite Gunilla von Post.
Kennedy and von Post began a love affair after meeting on the Cote d’Azur in 1953, when the future President was a 36-year old Massachussets senator and she was just 21.
Reverend Arvidsson told the BBC that he believed the relationship ended in 1955 or 1956. “She kept the jacket. It’s size 44, which was his size. Some of her belongings and love letters from JFK were sold recently in America and some of his goods were left in the apartment.”
He continued, “She had three children and a nephew. The nephew was given some of the items and his best friend is my father.” The jacket was given to Reverend Arvidsson by his father.
Jon Baddeley, the managing director of Bonhams, who serves as an expert on the BBC show, valued the jacket at in excess of £100,000, describing it as “an iconic piece”.
The dark-coloured garment is in good condition with deep pockets and a high collar.