Extraordinary images from society photographer’s private collection

Extraordinary images from society photographer’s private collection capture the Sixties’ biggest names as you’ve NEVER seen them before – including Jackie Kennedy taking a dip and a BLONDE Elizabeth Taylor

  • Stunning photographs by Scottish aristocrat Robin Douglas-Home have gone on sale for the first time 
  • Subjects of the portraits include JFK and his wife Jackie Kennedy as well as a blonde Elizabeth Taylor  
  • His private collection is now on display at the London Gallery of Fine Art Auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull

Pictures from an aristocrat’s private collection are set to go on sale for the first time, showing some of the biggest stars of the 1960’s as they’ve rarely been seen before.

Robin Douglas-Home took stunning pictures of celebrity chums like Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor.

The Scottish aristocrat and accomplished photographer included President JFK and his stunning wife Jackie Kennedy in his elite circle of friends.

A private collection of his photographs are now on display at the London Gallery of Fine Art Auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull.

Robin Douglas-Home’ private collection of celebrity photos have gone on sale for the first time. Pictured: Elizabeth Taylor wearing a blonde wig photographed in 1963

Organisers hope all the gorgeous black-and-white prints will be sold by the end of the exhibition, on June 1.

A spokesperson for the auction house said: ‘The exhibition reveals Robin to be a naturally gifted photographer who offers an intriguing insight into the behind-the-scenes life of some of the world’s most recognised 1960s celebrities.

‘In 1960, a charismatic, high profile journalist, photographer, and nightclub pianist, Robin Douglas-Home, the eldest son of the Honourable Henry Douglas-Home from his first marriage to Lady Margaret Spencer – great Aunt to Diana, Princess of Wales – met Frank Sinatra at a society dinner in London.’



The Scottish aristocrat and accomplished photographer included President JFK and his stunning wife Jackie Kennedy (pictured in Ravello in Italy in 1962) in his elite circle of friends

A private collection of his photographs are now on display at the London Gallery of Fine Art Auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull. Pictured: Jackie in 1962

Douglas-Home was rumoured to have had trysts with both Swedish and British princesses. Pictured: Princess Margaret photographed in 1957

As well as an accomplished jazz pianist and author, Robin was known for his swordsmanship, and was rumoured to have had trysts with both Swedish and British princesses.

He also threw famously lavish parties and dinners, and during one such bash, in 1962, he became firm friends with Frank Sinatra – and was even given the honour to write Ol’ Blue Eyes’ first official biography.

Robin and his famous model wife, Sandra Paul, were invited to spend six months living with Sinatra at his stunning Palm Springs mansion.

Sadly, Robin suffered from depression throughout his life and took his own life aged just 36 in 1968.

A spokesperson for Lyon & Turnbull added: ‘This is a selling exhibition, the original images from Robin’s evocative albums have all been digitally enhanced to enable them them to be offered to museum standard as either framed or mounted prints by the by the leading framers, John Jones in North London.’

Doulgas-Home threw famously lavish parties and dinners, and during one such bash, in 1962, he became firm friends with Frank Sinatra. Pictured: Frank Sinatra and Michael Romanoff photographed together 



The photographer was even given the honour to write Ol’ Blue Eyes’ first official biography. Pictured, Sinatra in 1962

Douglas-Home’s position as a friend meant that he was able to capture intimate photos of some of the world’s most elite. JF Kennedy photographed in the Oval Office

Robin (pictured) suffered from depression throughout his life and took his own life aged just 36 in 1968

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