Kennedy picture goes up for auction

IT’S the most famous picture of America’s first Irish Catholic President John F Kennedy being gunned down.

Mary Ann Moorman Krahmer’s camera captured the exact moment the president clutched his throat, about one-sixth of a second after being hit by an assassin’s bullet in Dallas.

Now, to coincide with next month’s 50th anniversary of JFK’s death, the woman who took the photo is finally auctioning it off.

The historic snap could raise as much as $75,000 when it goes under the hammer on November 15. Cincinnati’s Cowan’s Auctions will handle the sale one week before the fading photograph turns 50.

Wes Cowan, owner of Cowan’s Auctions says: “This photograph has to be one of the most iconic photos of one of the most investigated moments of the 20th century.”

Asked why she is auctioning the snap, Mrs Moorman, said: “I’m 81-plus. I don’t need the picture any longer. II have the memories.”

Remembering the fateful day of the shooting, Mrs Moorman said: “My boy, Ricky, was 11. He wanted to come with us. But he had school that day. I didn’t want him marked absent. I told him I would take a picture, which I did.”

But before she could ever bring her photo home to show her son, the snapshot would appear on TV screens all over America and the world.

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