Unseen John F Kennedy photos to auction

Five previously unseen photos of a young John F Kennedy are to auction.

The snaps feature the future president as a lighthearted teenager in the early to mid-1930s.

The five photos are estimated to make $2,000 when they sell as a single lot at RR Auction on September 16.

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Kennedy on graduation from Choate

The Kennedy family gave them to biographer Gene Schoor in 1961 while he was writing his book Young John Kennedy.

A 1935 photo of Kennedy in high school graduation cap and gown is among the items. Kennedy attended the prestigious Choate school in Connecticut.

Another photo features Kennedy and a roommate in a drama club rehearsal, while a third depicts Kennedy horsing around with a group of friends.

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Kennedy acts up with roommate Rip

"An absolutely outstanding, one-of-a-kind collection of original material from Kennedy's formative years," commented RR Auction's Bobby Livingston.

"We've seen JFK at Choate - but you don't really see images like this. The one outside his house with him and all his buddies [below] - that's what he was known for. Jack as a young person was always thought of as a cut-up.'

"He was mischievous at Choate. Joe, his father, didn't see him as the presidential candidate. That was his older brother, Joe Jr. So he's relaxed in these pictures."

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Kennedy was the class clown

Kennedy memorabilia routinely auctions for large amounts. A pair of flags that stood in the White House's Oval Office during his time as president sold for $425,000 in 2013.

Check out this superb "Kennedy for President" poster we have for sale.

The RR Auction sale also features this fascinating civil war note from Abraham Lincoln.

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