Supremely rare glossy 7.5 x 9.5 photo of John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert in the Oval Office, both men relaxed and smiling, signed and inscribed in fountain pen, “To Terence McCarten, with every good wish, John F. Kennedy” and “To Terence, with thanks, Robert F. Kennedy.” Affixed to a slightly larger piece of mat board, with photo edges slightly trimmed, and a bit of irregular ink adhesion to RFK’s last name, otherwise fine condition. Almost all of the writing is contained in light portions of the photo away from the Kennedys’ dark suits, resulting in remarkable clarity; JFK’s signature is exceptionally bold. Additionally included is an original contact sheet picturing eleven images of JFK and RFK from McCarten’s session (including the dual-signed image being offered here, located at the top right). Accompanied by full letters of authenticity from PSA/DNA and JSA. Terence McCarten was an award-winning news photographer who worked at the New York Herald Tribune and New York Post during his career, and became friendly with the Kennedy brothers while covering the 1960 presidential campaign. Showing both leaders at the height of their political clout, with JFK as president and RFK as attorney general, this image captures a remarkable candid moment between brothers. Photographs signed by both Jack and Bobby Kennedy are virtually nonexistent; this is the sole example we’ve encountered in 35 years. An extraordinary image of these American icons and an absolute rarity of great historical significance.
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