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Trove of JFK photos, including one with RFK and Marilyn Monroe, sold at NYC auction

NEW YORK — A trove of John F. Kennedy pictures by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, including a rare image of Marilyn Monroe with the president and Robert Kennedy at a Democratic fundraiser, fetched $151,000 at auction Thursday.

The Monroe photograph, contained in an envelope labeled "Sensitive Material — May 19, 1962" with 22 other gelatin silver prints of the event, sold for $9,150, above its presale estimate of $4,000 to $6,000.

"It's the only image of the three of them together," said Matthew Haley, Bonhams' expert for books, manuscripts and historical photographs. "There are very few prints of this photo."

The collection was offered by Stoughton's estate at Bonhams auction house. It included 12,000 photographs and was estimated to bring $200,000.

Stoughton was the first official White House photographer. He captured public as well as intimate Kennedy moments. About 60 percent of the images are of public events. The rest are of private moments: the children's birthday parties, family Christmases, and vacations in Hyannis Port, Mass.

One of Stoughton's most famous images shows Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in aboard Air Force One after Kennedy's assassination Nov. 22, 1963. The photo shows Johnson with his hand raised taking the oath of office surrounded by his wife and Jacqueline Kennedy still wearing her blood-splattered dress. It sold for $13,420, above its presale estimate of $5,000 to $7,000.

"It is one of the most iconic images of the 20th century," said Haley.

Trove of JFK photos, including one with RFK and Marilyn Monroe, sold at NYC auction 12/09/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 1:39pm]

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