Kennedy Items Draw Top Dollar at Auction

A painting of Jacqueline Kennedy (search) with her two children sold for $216,000 on Wednesday, the second day of a three-day auction of property from the Kennedy family homes.

An animation cel from "101 Dalmatians" inscribed to John F. Kennedy Jr. and signed by Walt Disney sold for $61,200, and a Louis Vuitton hat box sold for $54,000.

About 300 bidders at Sotheby's (search) showroom competed against telephone and absentee bidders. Many chose to remain anonymous, including the buyer of the portrait painted by Aaron Shikler.

But Frank Harvey, a transplanted Texan who lives in New York, proudly paid $27,000 for another Shikler painting of Jacqueline Kennedy and her children in a treehouse.

The auction of furniture, artwork and knickknacks was more modest in scope than a 1996 Kennedy sale at Sotheby's that brought in $34.5 million, including $2.5 million for Jacqueline Kennedy's engagement ring from Aristotle Onassis (search).

Wednesday's total was $2.2 million, bringing the two-day total to about $4 million. Prices include Sotheby's commission.

Bidding was spirited for equestrian paraphernalia attesting to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis' love of riding. Horse blankets monogrammed "JKO" carried presale estimates of around $100 but sold for $9,000.

"I bid on one of the blankets, but they're a little too rich," said Carson Kressley, the style guru from "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." "But it's fun to be here. A piece of history."