Posted September 23, 2018 06:06:53George Leonard bought the photo of himself and his father holding hands for sale in 1952 and the image became a national symbol of the civil rights movement.
A decade later, when the former president passed away, Leonard, then a prominent Washington lobbyist, bought the same photo for $2,400 and made it his permanent collection.
He sold the photo for about $2 million in the fall of 2013, according to Leonard’s wife, Liza, who is also the author of the new book, “The George Leonard Collection: The Life, Times and Legacy of a Civil Rights Icon.”
Leonard, who served as the president’s chief of staff in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died on Nov. 2 at age 92.
He had served as a Republican member of Congress from 1973 to 1990.
In the book, Lizzie Leonard chronicles the time that her husband bought the picture.
In an interview, Lizzy Leonard said she never planned on selling it, but she did have to make a tough decision about the image after seeing how much people loved it.
The George Wallace Collection of photographs by George Leonard.
Courtesy George Leonard Library.
Leonard said he wanted to preserve the image because he believed it was a reflection of Wallace’s character and because it was important to show how many people were struggling to make it in the segregated South.
Leonards family also owned a portrait shop in Washington.
Liza Leonard said that the painting was sold at a Christie’s auction in 2009 for $1.2 million, which was more than the amount the family spent on a house.
She said the auction was the first time she had ever sold a painting.
When she first saw the painting, she said she thought it was just a portrait, and she bought it because it looked like a picture of her husband and George Wallace.
Lizzie Leonard, George Leonard and Liza Leonard in 2013.
George Leonard in 2012.
George Wallace Collection.
Liza Leonard in 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017.
Liz Leonard in 2014.
George Leonards wife Liza in 2014, 2017, 2018.
Lizzy Leonard in 2016, 2018, 2019.
George and Lizzies granddaughter, Sarah, with the painting.
Courtesy George Leonard Gallery.
George Bernard Shaw in 1966.
George H.W. Bush in 1989.
George Martin in 1989, 1991, and 1992.
Wodehouse in 1959.
George Washington in 1965.
George Lincoln Rockwell in 1970.
George Michael in 1979.
George Orwell in 1984.
George W. Bush as a boy in 1989 in the Oval Office.
George Herbert Walker Bush in 2001.
George Lucas as an old man in 2000.
George Carlin in 1987.
George Sexton as a man in 1992.
Hugh Grant as a young man in 1988.
Burt Reynolds in 1963.
George Takei as a baby in 1984.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)George and his wife, Gwen, in 2016.
George Lee in 1984 (Courtesy of the Leonard Family).
George and Gwen Leonards granddaughter, Ashley, in 2017.
George, with his wife of 40 years, Mary, and his son, Tagg, in 2018.(Courtesy of George Leonard Museum)George Leonard as a toddler in 1989.(Courtesy George Leonards Library.)
George and Mary Leonards in 2018.
George in 1986.(Courtesy Leonard Family)George in 2016.(Courtesy Leonards Gallery)George with his mother, Mary and his daughter, Mary (Liza and George Leonard) in 2015.(Courtesy Robert G. Hinckley Jr.)
George in 2005.(Courtesy Joan Mccabe)George Leonard with his father, Charles, in 1974.(Courtesy the Leonard family)George, who died in 2017, with Gwen and his family, in 2005.
George with her daughter, Amy, in 2004.(Courtesy, the Leonard Library)George at the Kennedy Center, with Amy and his mother Mary in 2010.(Courtesy Richard Leonard Collection)George as a little boy in 1977.(Courtesy Pauline Leonard)George George in 1985.(Courtesy Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)Leonard died in 2005, leaving behind an estate worth $1 billion.