Rare photos of John F. Kennedy are among over a hundred items being auctioned in commemoration of the former president’s 100th birthday by Boston-based RR Auction.
The photographs, from the Ronnie Paloger Collection, cover Kennedy’s early years, according to the auction house. Spanning 1946 to 1953, the images capture Kennedy’s 1946 congressional campaign, his 1952 senatorial race, and his wedding to Jacqueline Bouvier.
Items belonging to the former first lady, including a watercolor painting and maternity dress, are also being sold in the auction.
Tricia Eaton, specialty auction director for RR Auction, said in a statement that the photos from Kennedy’s 1946 grassroots campaign are particularly significant.
“He, recently returned from war and a considered a privileged Kennedy, out of touch with the voters, was not expected to win,” Eaton said in a statement. “Jack was suffering from his notoriously bad back (in fact, in several of these scarce photos he is on crutches) but we see him here out with the people working diligently to gain their trust: in the Italian neighborhood, the Boston docks, at the ‘Kennedy Teas,’ with veterans that were so close to his heart after his brother’s Joe’s passing.”
Six of the photos being sold were included in the Time magazine special edition celebrating the centennial on May 29th, according to RR Auction.
The auction, which began May 11, concludes on Thursday. You can see all of the items at RR Auction.