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    Saturday, December 11th, 2010

    The swearing in of President Johnson on Air Force One.

    A collection of 12,000 photographs by the first official White House  photographer Cecil Stoughton made just over  $150,000  against an estimate of $200,000 at Bonhams in New York on December 9. It included the only known image of Marilyn Monroe with President John F. Kennedy.  (see post for June 2).  Marked “Sensitive Material — May 19, 1962,”  the image sold for just over $9,000. This was above the $4,000 to $6,000 estimate.

    Stoughton’s most famous image shows Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn as president on Air Force One following Kennedy’s assassination. The photo of Johnson with his hand raised taking the oath of office surrounded by his wife and Jacqueline Kennedy still wearing her blood-splattered dress made $13,420.