Lee Harvey Oswald’s coffin goes on auction block
2010 12 11

From: MSNBC.MSN.com

Presidential memorabilia collectors: Another piece of history has been dug up for your collection, but this one is a macabre memento.

The original coffin in which suspected Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald was buried will go on the block on Dec. 16, with bids starting at $1,000. Auction officials anticipate it will sell for much higher.

"A lot of people have been calling me off the hook, saying they intend to bid on it," Nate Sanders, founder of California-based Nate D. Sanders auction house, told msnbc.com.


The coffin of suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald, will go on the block on Dec. 16. Nate D. Sanders Auctions/Reuters

Oswald was arrested about an hour after President Kennedy was shot to death in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963. He himself was shot two days later, and was never brought to trial.


The coffin of Lee Harvey Oswald being carried to the gravesite.



President Kennedy and his wife, Jackie, minutes before his assassination.


Oswald was buried in the casket until 1981, when a legal dispute between his widow and brother led to an exhumation.
"We got a call from the funeral home that this was a coffin that Mr. Oswald’s brother had disposed of after Lee Harvey was exhumed. I never expected that call, but I got it," Sanders said. His auction house is one of the best-known for JFK assassination memorabilia and other historical collectibles, he said.

The Los Angeles auction will also include embalming instruments that were used on Oswald, among other items.

"We have his first death certificate," Sanders said. "I don’t think it’s ever been seen. It’s handwritten, whereas the death certificate that’s legendary is typed. We have the table that Oswald’s body was on. We have the funeral register. We have anything that came with that day in history."

A section of the seat from the car Kennedy was in when he died will also be auctioned off, the BBC reported.

Conspiracy theories have circulated about who killed Kennedy and why Oswald was shot dead. One theory, that a lookalike Soviet agent stole Oswald’s identity to carry out the assassination, led to Oswald’s 1981 exhumation. Once it was confirmed the body was in fact his, Oswald was buried again in Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas, this time in a new casket.

His original coffin had extensive water damage, the auction house’s website said. It will be accompanied by a letter of authenticity by funeral director Allen Baumgardner, who assisted at the original embalming of Lee Harvey Oswald, the site said.

Article from: msnbc.msn.com





Bill Hicks - JFK

Video from: YouTube.com



Related Articles
Items linked to Lee Harvey Oswald spark legal dispute
The Last Words of Lee Harvey Oswald
JFK Archives: Jack Ruby Shoots Lee Harvey Oswald (1963) (Video)
Where Noam will not Roam: The gatekeeping of 9/11 and JFK


Latest News from our Front Page

Sand Pirates: ISIS Are America’s 21st Century Terrorist Privateers
2014 11 01
What is ISIS? If you believe govt and corporate propaganda, you still think that ISIS is a grassroots Islamic ideological movement ¨C and with no connection to intelligence agencies like America¡¯s CIA, Britain¡¯s MI6, Turkish (NATO) intelligence, Saudi intelligence, Israeli intelligence, or Pakistan¡¯s ISI. The reality of ISIS is something altogether different¡­ On closer inspection, these marauding paramilitary ISIS gangs are nothing ...
Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists
2014 11 01
Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades. The Big Circle called J1 is about 390 meters (1,280 feet) in diameter, with an open area created by bulldozing in its interior. Credit: David L. Kennedy, copyright is retained by the Aerial Photographic Archive for Archaeology ...
Sweden Recognizes Palestinian State; Israel Upset
2014 10 31
Sweden on Thursday became the biggest Western European country to recognize a Palestinian state, prompting a strong protest from Israel, which swiftly withdrew its ambassador from Stockholm. The move by Sweden’s new left-leaning government reflects growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and its blockade of the Gaza Strip. It also comes during increased ...
Fed-Backed Study: How to Brainwash Public into Fearing “Climate Change” Like Ebola
2014 10 31
$84K study seeks ways to make public fear "climate change and overpopulation" The National Science Foundation is funding a study to determine how to brainwash the public into fearing “climate change and overpopulation” as if they were Ebola. The NSF awarded an $84,000 grant to researchers at the State University of New York at Buffalo yesterday to figure out how to make ...
Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice
2014 10 31
As you read this, your neurons are firing – that brain activity can now be decoded to reveal the silent words in your head TALKING to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime. That’s no longer the case – researchers have eavesdropped on our internal monologue for the first time. The achievement is a step towards helping people who cannot ...
More News »