Coffin of JFK’s killer sold for $90,000

Friday, December 17, 2010

LONDON - The coffin of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who is believed to have assassinated then US president John F. Kennedy, has been sold for $90,000. The bids started at $1,000, BBC reported Friday.

According to the Los Angeles auctioneers, two buyers battled it out for the coffin.

Oswald, who was murdered shortly after being arrested for the 1963 shooting, was reburied in a new coffin in 1981 after his widow had him exhumed.

The buyer has not yet spoken publicly.

The Texas funeral director had kept the old coffin, which he chose to sell at an auction.

“Anything connected to the JFK assassination sells for really high,” said auctioneer Nate D. Sanders.

Oswald was arrested about an hour after Kennedy was shot dead in Dallas Nov 22, 1963.

Oswald himself was shot two days later and was never brought to trial. There have been numerous conspiracy theories ever since about who really shot JFK and why Lee Harvey Oswald was killed.

The exhumation of his body in 1981 was designed to lay to rest one of these theories - namely, that the man who was buried was a Soviet agent who had taken Oswald’s identity to carry out the killing.

The auction in Los Angeles also included instruments that were used to embalm Oswald, his death certificate, an Easter card he sent to his brother, and a section of the car seat on which Kennedy was sitting when he was shot.

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