Jackie Kennedy Camera

StuffAlert July 2016 - A Leica Leicaflex SLR camera with Leitz Wetzlar Summicron-R 50mm lens once owned by Jacqueline "Jackie" Kennedy is for sale on eBay with a Buy it Now price of $8,995.

Before marrying John F. Kennedy and becoming the First Lady of the United States, she worked as photographer for the Washington Times-Herald as the "inquiring camera girl".

jackie bouvier with camera in 1950's
Leicaflex SL SLR Camera

The JFK Library states that Jackie Bouvier (her name then) started her $42.50 week photography job at the newspaper aged 23 in 1952, roaming the city to interview and photograph people she met. That was the same year she met JFK at a dinner party, and the two were married the following year.

The camera she used for her assignments, a Speed Graphic press camera is not for sale, a few items once used by her are, one is the Leicaflex SL SLR camera with the Leitz Summicron-R 50mm lens is, the seller JG Autographs is asking $8,995 if you want to buy a piece of American history.

Jackie Kennedy Photographs holding cameras

Also for sale on eBay from JG Autographs are two of the former First Lady's lenses; a Nikon Nippon Kikkor-S Kogaku 35mm f/2.8 ($2,500.00) and a Leica Leitz Wetzlar Summicron-R 50mm f/2 lens ($2,750.00). Also bundled with each of the camera items are several photos of Jackie with camera in hand.

All three items for sale were originally purchased from a Sotherby's auction of the Kennedy family homes back in 2005, and the original Sotherby's receipts are included in the sale.

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