The unpublished images taken by Washington Post heiress Katharine Graham at Bunny Mellon’s Cape Cod beach shack, produced directly from the original negatives — show JFK and Jackie on an August 1961 visit.
The lot included 15 high-quality original photographs of various finishes. All but one of the photos (contained in the proof book) picture Jack and Jackie, either together or separate. Most images show the Kennedys and their friends gathered on the back patio of the Mellon’s quaint beach shack, but there are a few on the beach front, in the water, on a larger boat, and on a small boat with just Jack, Jackie, and Eunice Kennedy.
These carefree, unrehearsed moments caught on film tell an untold story and fuel our intense fascination with the Kennedy’s,” said Bobby Livingston, Exec VP at RR Auction.
Highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:
Albert Einstein letter discussing God, creation, and his theory of relativity, sold for $75,000.
Remarkable and comprehensive autograph collection featuring nearly all American presidents, entirely complete from George Washington to George Bush, sold for $40,625.
John and Robert Kennedy signed photograph taken in the Oval Office, sold for $25,000.
Archive covering nearly all design aspects and construction of the Kennedy’s ‘Wexford’ home built near Middleburg/Atoka Virginia, sold for $17,500.
Jacqueline Kennedy’s Delman Linen Shoes from her Georgetown closet, sold for $13,750.
John Jr. and Caroline Kennedy’s Childhood Sailboat, $13,750
The live auction event was held on February 19 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, MA. More details including a complete list of results can be found online at www.rrauction.com.
Image credit: Katharine Graham. Courtesy RR Auction.