A new sale of Kennedy memorabilia at the Bonhams Auction House features a series of rare photos taken shortly after John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy were married. The images, shot by Orlando Suero over a five-day period in May of 1954 at the couple’s home in D.C., have been broken out into three lots, each estimated to go for upwards of $2,000.
According to the house’s press release, the photos show scenes from the couple’s first year of marriage, when JFK was a junior senator from Massachusetts. Highlights include shots of Jackie on the Georgetown campus, one of JFK tossing around the football with his younger brother Bobby, and an uncommon depiction of the future president wearing his reading glasses; later in his political career, JFK refused to be photographed wearing them.
“These rare images of a young Senator Kennedy and his beautiful wife Jackie capture the relaxed home life of the couple at their house in Georgetown, and around the city of Washington, D.C, in the early 1950s,” said Tom Lamb, the Business Development Director of the Books & Manuscripts Department at Bonhams.
“In their casual and informal style, they present a new and different image of young Jackie Kennedy, as always immaculately turned out, but heartwarming in their sincerity.”
The “Kennedy Years” portion of the Fine Books and Manuscripts auction will begin Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in New York City.
Other notable items in the sale include an original drawing by Jackie Kennedy, memos to JFK from Jackie, home movies of Kennedy family vacations, and a maternity dress worn by Jackie when she was pregnant with JFK Jr.
For more information about the auction, including how to bid, visit bonhams.com.