updated 9/13/2009 4:15:49 PM ET 2009-09-13T20:15:49

A Dallas newspaper reports that the FBI is investigating a "stolen" handwritten condolence note by Jacqueline Kennedy to Ethel Kennedy that was penned shortly after Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 assassination.

The Dallas Morning News reported Sunday that investigators and Kennedy family members suspect the note was taken from Robert and Ethel Kennedy's McLean, Va., home.

The note has changed hands several times and has sold for as much as $25,000.

It made its way to a Dallas auction house in 2006 when it was consigned by an attorney from Framingham, Massachusetts. A Kennedy relative told the FBI that his family had never given nor sold the note. The FBI used a search warrant to seize it Aug. 27 from Heritage Auction Galleries.

FBI spokesman Mark White says the note is "a stolen good" and part of a criminal investigation.

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