Ike Skelton political items up for auction

06/16/2014 9:10 PM

06/16/2014 9:10 PM

A sealed package of playing cards from Air Force One is among items from the estate of Ike Skelton, who represented a Missouri district in the House of Representatives for more than three decades.

Correspondence with presidents, including a 1988 birthday greeting from “Ron” Reagan at “the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue” are among items from the estate that went up for bid beginning Monday at the website of the KC Auction & Appraisal Co.

The bidding for most of the 376 lots begins at $5. The auction will continue until 7 p.m. June 30.

Images of the objects are online and may also be viewed at 1070 Washington St. in Kansas City from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 24-26.

Skelton, Democrat, served in Congress for 34 years before being defeated in 2010. He died in October at age 81.

In addition to the playing cards, there is an unopened box of presidential M&Ms and various Air Force One guest lapel pins.

There are inauguration souvenirs from Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton and correspondence from the White House going back to Harry Truman and including George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher signed a letter to Skelton, which is framed with a photo of her addressing Congress.

Clinton sent a hand-written note thanking Skelton for his good wishes after the former president’s quadruple bypass surgery in 2004.

Hillary Rodham Clinton is also represented in the correspondence, as are Dan Quayle, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld, Tip O’Neill, Edward M. Kennedy and astronaut and Sen. John Glenn.

There is a pen that George H.W. Bush used to sign a piece of legislation in 1992 and a pencil used to tally the votes that made Nancy Pelosi the first female Speaker of the House in 2007.

Also up for bid is a photograph of Skelton and Carter on Air Force One in 1980. Skelton is asleep and Carter is smiling at him. Carter wrote on the official White House photograph: “To my good friend Ike Skelton, alert guardian of the public’s interest.”

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