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Jackie Kennedy's secret letters to Irish priest withdrawn from auction Published: May 22, 2014

A collection of secret letters sent by former first lady Jackie Kennedy to an elderly Irish priest have been withdrawn from auction where they were expected to fetch up to $5 million, NBC News reports.

The trove contains extremely personal messages Kennedy sent between 1950 and 1964 to Father Joseph Leonard, a Vincentian priest at All Hallows College in the Irish capital Dublin.

The college said it could not afford to curate the letters, discovered in April, and last week set up an auction set for June 10. This was met with vehement protests by some who felt they amounted to a Catholic confession and should remain private.

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