Previously unpublished photographs of Jacqueline Lee Bouvier and John F Kennedy's wedding , taken by freelance photographer Arthur Burges, will be auctioned off later this month. (October 15)
The negatives of the fabled Kennedy wedding were discovered in Burges' darkroom after his death in 1993 and are said to be the 'outtakes' of what was a momentous occasion.
The future first couple married on September 12, 1953, at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island.
Burges was hired as the 'backup' photographer for the occasion; photographer Lisa Larsen's images were the ones used in the LIFE magazine feature of the wedding.
The magazine called the do "the most impressive" the "old society stronghold" had seen in 30 years.
Burges' photos include shots of the couple leaving the church after their ceremony and another version of that now iconic 'cutting of the cake' snap which made Larsen so famous.
The snaps also offer a closer look at Jacqueline Kennedy's wedding dress, which went on to inspire thousands of brides-to-be though time. The gown was made from 50 yards of ivory silk taffeta and took more than two months to make, according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
Boston-based auction house RR Auction has estimated the collection of thirteen pictures to sell for several thousands of dollars.
RR Auctions; www.rrauction.com