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Lee Harvey Oswald's first coffin is sold for $72,890

December 17, 2010 |  5:34 pm

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A wooden coffin that once held the remains of President Kennedy’s assassin has sold for $72,890, an auction company said Friday.

Thirty-six bidders were vying for the pine box in which Lee Harvey Oswald was buried in 1963 after he was gunned down by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby as police investigated the president’s murder.

The identity of the coffin’s purchaser was not revealed by Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Brentwood.

"It was a bidding war the last two hours" of the online sale that ended Thursday, said company representative Sam Heller.

Counting the sales commission, the buyer will pay nearly $87,000 for the pine coffin, Heller said.

Oswald’s body was exhumed in 1981 to resolve an accusation that a look-alike Russian agent was actually in the grave. Because the coffin sustained water damage, Oswald’s remains were reburied in a new coffin. Fort Worth funeral home operator Allen Baumgardner kept the old one and was its seller.


Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin seeks a final resting place

-- Bob Pool

Photo: Lee Harvey Oswald's original pine coffin. Credit: Charley Gallay /Getty Images