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Rare John F. Kennedy assassination documents to be auctioned in Scottsdale

Former President John F. Kennedy. (AP Photo)

PHOENIX -- Rare documents and photos from the investigation into the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy will be auctioned Thursday night in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The auction features original crime scene photography and research from the estate of Cecil Kirk, formerly of the Scottsdale Police Department. Kirk worked for more than 20 years with the Washington, D.C. Metro Police where he served as a crime scene unit supervisor before joining the Scottsdale Police Department in 1980.

Josh Levine, owner of J. Levine Auction & Appraisal, said the auction will include several dozen photos and documents relating to the JFK criminal investigation.

"My phone is ringing off the hook from all over the world with people wanting to bid and buy," he said. "They're asking how to value this? We have no idea because nothing like this has ever come up for auction."

And this auction almost never happened.

"The documents and photos were in bins in Scottsdale to be put out in the trash," he said. "When we were cleaning out Kirk's estate we saved them."

Levine said Kirk came to Scottsdale in 1980 to help update the Scottsdale Police Department's forensics capabilities after the Bob Crane murder case. Crane was the star of the popular television sitcom "Hogan's Heroes" and was found murdered at his Scottsdale apartment in 1978.

J. Levine Auction & Appraisal is located at 10345 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Live online bidding can be accessed through jlevines.com or through Artfact.com.

For more information, visit jlevines.com or call (480) 496-2212.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite food: Steak and shrimp, and any food on campouts.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Favorite news memory: The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. The 2007 Southern California Firestorm and being at Sky Harbor Airport when the first plane lifted off several days after 9-11. Seeing the American flag on the tail of the Salt Lake City-bound Delta airliner as it took off still gives me goosebumps.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges -- which was outstanding --, Lonesome Dove.

First job: Spinning records at KLER Radio Orofino, Idaho 1980.

First concert: KISS/Cheap Trick 1977 Spokane, WA Coliseum.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, The University of Montana Grizzlies and Texas Rangers.

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