Photograph of US President John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Robert Kennedy on the occasion of President Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration

N.p. Time Life, Circa 2010. Photograph with horizontal margins of Marilyn Monroe with US President John F. Kennedy, his brother US Attorney General Robert Kennedy, and Arthur M. Schlesinger, taken by White House photographer Cecil Stoughton, on May 19, 1962, struck circa 2010. Two Time-Life stamps and annotation of photographer and subjects name in holograph marker on verso.

The iconic photograph, the only known photograph of either Kennedy with Monroe, was taken after President Kennedy's 45th birthday celebration at Madison Square Garden in New York, at a Democratic fund raising event at movie executive Arthur Krim's house. Monroe is seen here still in her rhinestone studded dress, worn during her infamous serenade of "Happy Birthday, Mr. President," her last major public appearance before her untimely death three months later.

There were, of course, other photographs taken of Monroe with either of the Kennedys, but the Secret Service and FBI confiscated every one. This photograph was spared as it was in the photographic dryer when agents confiscated the other photographs. Photographer Stoughton reportedly kept the photograph a secret for years as to not upset Jacqueline Kennedy.

Stoughton's original print sold at auction in a collection of John F. Kennedy photographs for $151,000 in 2010.

8 x 10 inches. Near Fine.

Complete collation details available on request.


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Price: $2,250.00