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SAN FRANCISCO — Gov. Jerry Brown is questioning a Sotheby's selloff of rare JFK papers tied to his late father, Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, and wonders why they aren't part of the public archives.

"I'd sure like to know why the seller is claiming anonymity — and why these documents aren't at the UC Berkeley archives with the rest of my father's papers,’’ Brown told POLITICO in a statement Friday.

Sotheby’s New York officials said that they estimate the lot of material, which includes original letters from President John F. Kennedy and from Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and President Lyndon Baines Johnson, could bring in as much as $30,000 at a Monday auction. Additional materials include an original AP wire sent directly to the governor's office on Nov. 22, 1963 at 12:39 EST announcing Kennedy had been shot.

https://www.politico.com/states/california/story/2020/01/24/jerry-brown-concerned-by-sothebys-auction-of-his-dads-rare-jfk-papers-1255369

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Soviet Cold War gear at auction:

An original Soviet KGB Fialka (M-125-3M) or cipher machine.  The Fialka was used during the Cold War to code and decode secret messages.  Accompanied by an updated research manual.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/feb/10/relics-of-the-cold-war-at-auction

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6 minutes ago, David Andrews said:

Soviet Cold War gear at auction:

An original Soviet KGB Fialka (M-125-3M) or cipher machine.  The Fialka was used during the Cold War to code and decode secret messages.  Accompanied by an updated research manual.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2021/feb/10/relics-of-the-cold-war-at-auction

Was this the same machine Sean Connery and Robert Shaw fought to the death over on the train from Istanbul in the James Bond film "From Russia With Love?"

"Red wine with fish. Well that should have told me something."

"You may know the right wines, but you're the one on his knees." "How does it feel...old man?"

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On 2/10/2021 at 10:47 AM, Joe Bauer said:

Was this the same machine Sean Connery and Robert Shaw fought to the death over on the train from Istanbul in the James Bond film "From Russia With Love?"

 

Well, think how many people have died for stuff that ends up on history's scrapheap.  Communism itself, some might say.

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