A rifle once owned by President John F. Kennedy is heading to auction early next month.
Described as "probably the most historically significant U.S. Springfield M1 Garand rifle that has ever been for sale", the weapon is expected to sell for up to $100,000.
The rifle was originally issued to Kennedy in October 1959, whilst he served as Senator for Massachusetts, and had been personally accurized and test-fired by Master Sergeant Raymond E. Parkinson.
Just over a year later Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon to win the presidency, and it’s believed he may well have takes the personalized rifle with him to the White House.
"[This is a] one of a kind rifle that transcends collector interest on both the U.S. military and the U.S. political side," stated the auction house. "The historical significance of this rifle can only be matched by the importance of the position that President John F. Kennedy played throughout his life and in the position of the President of the United States, as well as in our own hearts and minds.
"Certainly everyone of our generation remembers his service during WWII as well as his public service as a U.S. Senator and President of the United States. No one will ever forget where they were at on that fateful day in November 1963."
"This is your chance to actually own and hold a personal possession of U.S. President John F. Kennedy (then a Senator) and is certainly only for the super advanced collector who is looking for the ultimate in historical U.S. military rifles."
The Rock Island Auction Company Premier Firearms sale takes place online on September 11-13.