Only original pics of JFK’s assassination up for auction at Christie’s

November 14th, 2007 - 2:34 am ICT by admin  
The rare set of original prints was taken from film by an amateur cameraman named Abraham Zapruder.

It is believed to be the first time that these photographs have appeared on the international auction market.

Zapruder was among thousands of people who had gathered in Dallas on 22 November 1963 to watch the presidential motorcade as the Kennedys travelled through the city in an open-top limousine.

He captured the moment when Lee Harvey Oswald fired a series of bullets into the late president’s car in his 8mm movie camera, which was set on “telephoto”.

The 26-second footage captured by him was the only clear film from the crowd that showed Kennedy being shot. It served as vital evidence in the official inquiry into Kennedy’s assassination.

The images became iconic after Life magazine published them.

It was the Associated Press agency that took out still images from the footage, and distributed them across the media at the time.

One of the pictures shows Jackie Kennedy climbing into the back seat of the presidential limousine in a desperate attempt to avoid the gunfire.

The pictures are expected to fetch around 7,000 pounds when they go on sale in London on 13 November.

“AP’s prints of Abraham Zapruder’s footage chillingly captures those fatal moments of one of the most important moments in 20th century history,” the Independent quoted Yuka Yamaji, head of photographs at Christie’s in London, as saying. (ANI)

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