Lot 9008: John F. Kennedy Signed Photograph
18th May 2017
Exquisite, crystal-clear vintage glossy 8.5 x 11 portrait of Kennedy as a Massachusetts senator, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Rod and Diana MacLeish, with the very warmest regards of their friend, John Kennedy.” Originally taken by renowned photographer Philippe Halsman in 1952. Affixed to a same-size mount. Paper loss to lower right which could mostly be matted out, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. Rod MacLeish was an accomplished journalist who was news director for WBZ radio in Boston in the early 1950s, going on to be a commentator for CBS News, National Public Radio, and the Christian Science Monitor. Halsman’s photographs are highly collectible even unsigned, and the association with an important political commentator makes this example a unique and exceptionally desirable portrait.
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