Never before published photo from the day JFK died goes unsold in auction

Updated December 16, 2013 by Rudy Harper: A rare John F. Kennedy photo goes unsold after it is up for auction.
The owner of the photo was in Carl Junction on Sunday to try and sell it at auction, but no one bought the picture for the reserve amount. The bidding started at $2,000.

The photo was taken by an Oklahoma woman’s father, who at the time was an employee with the City of Dallas. The photo has a copyright under which the owner receives payment when its used.

Some say the real value of an item is up to the collector.

“To put a dollar value on it, there’s something I say about things of this nature – it’s in the eye of the beholder – in other words if something is collectable it’s worth what an individual is willing to pay for it,” says Gil Triplet of Carl Junction Auction Service. “So is it worth $2,000? Is it worth $100,000? To somebody, it might be. That’s the nature of collecting.”

The owner of the photo says once it’s sold she plans to donate the money to a friend who is suffering with lung cancer.

Posted November 18, 2013 by Liz Holliday: This week marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F Kennedy. And a woman from Northeastern Oklahoma has chosen now to share a never before published picture, taken just minutes before Kennedy’s death.
“It was just kind of a disbelief, here everybody’s really excited, the president’s come to Dallas, and then shortly afterwards, it’s like-he’s dead.”
Nancy Macia was nine, and living in a Dallas suburb when President Kennedy was shot in 1963. Her father was actually at the parade at the time of the shooting, and even snapped this photograph of the president before he was shot. “Well the picture’s never been seen before, this is the very first time the picture has ever been published in any manner,” Macia said.
And Macia says that the picture was taken with a “Brownie” camera, and that the photograph was taken not even ten minutes before the president was shot.
“It was a big deal at the time, I think it’s a big deal now,” said PSU Political Science Professor Paul Zagorski.
Zagorski says 50 years later the effects of the assassination of President Kennedy still remains.
“A lot of people have dated the 1960s from the moment of the assassination, rather from the actual beginning of the decade because it really changed the tone of politics,” Zagorski said.
But for Macia this photograph doesn’t sum up our nation’s history so much as her family’s history. Macia’s father died in 1999 of cancer, and with the 50th anniversary of the assignation taking place this Friday, she’s decided to auction the photograph off and a portion of proceeds will go toward a Four State family dealing with cancer–in memory of her dad.
“I tell you what, there were two really great men. One of them being my dad that took the picture, and the other is the man that is in the picture,” Macia said. And with the negatives and actual camera burned long ago in a house fire, she says this photograph truly is one of a kind.
Macia says she’s had a lot of interest in the picture over the years from various museum and collectors. Even the Sixth Floor Plaza Museum in Dallas.
The photograph will be auctioned off by the Carl Junction Auctions on December 15th.
CORRECTION: It was originally reported the auction would be on December 17. In fact, it will be held December 15.