This diary just sold for close to $1 million

JFK’s diary has sold for close to $1 million. Picture: RR Auctions

A DIARY kept by a young John F Kennedy has sold for more than $959,800.

The tome, written during his brief stint as a journalist after World War II, includes Kennedy’s reflections on Hitler and the weakness of the United Nations.

Boston-based RR Auction said the diary sold for $959,818 ($US718,750) on Wednesday, far exceeding the pre-sale estimate of $US200,000.

Joseph Alsop, a JFK collector from Beverly, outbid one other live and six telephone bidders in a packed house for the 61-page diary. Alsop, 71, plans to add it to his personal collection, auction officials said.

The diary is mostly typed but includes 12 handwritten pages. It was written in 1945 when the 28-year-old Kennedy was a correspondent for Hearst newspapers and travelled through a devastated Europe.

Jarrod Sierocki

Before he was US President, John F Kennedy was a journalist. Picture: RR AuctionsSource:Supplied

Executive Vice President Bobby Livingston said the auction wa…

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