As part of the buildup to the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, a set of chairs used during his final official act as president were put up for auction Sunday.

The twelve chairs were used during a dedication ceremony at Brooks Air Force Base on Nov. 21, 1963, the day before Kennedy’s assassination.

Kennedy was joined on stage by his wife, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, Texas Gov. John B. Connally and Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez.

“These were not available to the public when they were at Brooks Air Force Base, and so now people have a chance to take home a piece of this history,” said Vogt Auction Galleries Fine Art Department Manager Katy Alexander.

Alexander said the chairs were built at Brooks Air Force Base and were kept in storage for 50 years after the event. They ultimately landed on the auction block by accident.

“When Brooks was finally closed, they went ahead and liquidated everything from the buildings and put out an ad that they were selling officer furniture,” Alexander said. “Somebody went down, picked these up, realized what they were and that they were from that day and has kept them for the last year.”

The highest winning bid came in at $700 from an out-of-town bidder who purchased two chairs. The rest of the set was sold to several other bidders.

San Antonio resident Ernest Bromley said the opportunity to own a piece of history with ties to San Antonio and President Kennedy was too good to pass up.

“I’m very much a San Antonio history buff and so it’s a pleasure to have a couple of chairs that he was near,” Bromley said.

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