Negatives From John F. Kennedy's Wedding Auction for $34,000

A piece of political history now belongs to the highest bidder.

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One savvy bidder now owns a piece of Camelot history. Thirteen original negatives from photos taken at John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier's 1953 wedding sold at auction for $34,073, according to RR Auction in Boston. The buyer was a Las Vegas-based doctor who did not want to be identified, the Associated Press reports.

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The negatives went on sale in September with an opening bid of $200. They had been found in the darkroom of photographer Arthur Burges, who has since passed away, but the photos are attributed to another photographer, freelancer Frank Ataman.

The photos feature JFK and Jackie exiting a church in Newport, Rhode Island, posing with their picturesque wedding party, and cutting a wedding cake. At the time, Kennedy was a first-term senator; the posh event was even covered by LIFE magazine.

Other Kennedy items were also up for auction, like a Christmas card from the Kennedys signed shortly before JFK's assassination that sold for $19,500. "Because it's the Kennedys, there's a passion for collecting these and a passion for the memories," RR Auction executive vice president Bobby Livingston told the AP. "These photos really capture the beginning of Camelot, and that resonates."

Take a look at a few scenes from the iconic couple's big day, courtesy of RR Auction.

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