DALLAS (AP) - Watercolor sketches for the unfinished portrait
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was sitting for when he died in
Georgia are among hundreds of historic items headed for the auction
The memorabilia and other items from the life and times of the
nation's 32nd president come from the private collection of Joseph
and Deborah Plaud of Whitinsville, Massachusetts.
The president was sitting for the portrait by Elizabeth
Shoumatoff at his "Little White House" in Warm Springs when he
suffered a cerebral hemorrhage and died in 1945 at age 63.
The collection also include's the president's trademark fedora
and the last check he ever signed.
Joseph Plaud acquired his first piece -- an autographed photo of
Eleanor Roosevelt and FDR Jr. -- while in junior high school.
Today, some experts consider Plaud's collection to be the
largest in private hands. It's so vast that it's being sold in two
installments. The first is set for auction on June 7 by Heritage
Auction Galleries. A second auction, of roughly the same size, will
be held in the fall.