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From a Cemetery in Fort Worth to an Auction House in L.A.: Lee Harvey Oswald's Coffin

Via Gawker, this ghoulish gift suggestion (?): Lee Harvey Oswald's Original Pine Coffin, currently up for grabs courtesy the Los Angeles auction house Nate D. Sanders, Inc. This is the pine box in which Oswald was buried on November 25, 1963, at the Shannon Rose Hill Funeral Chapel & Cemetery in Fort Worth. Alas, as you no doubt recall: On October 4, 1981, Oswald was exhumed, with widow Marina's okee-doke, to put to rest writer Michael Eddowes's theory that Lee had long before the assassination of John Kennedy been replaced by a Soviet double. (Nope.)

From the auction house:

After a thorough medical examination, the pathologists assigned to the case officially identified the body as Oswald's as dental records positively matched. At a press conference later that day the following famous statement was made, "The remains in the grave marked as Lee Harvey Oswald are indeed Lee Harvey Oswald." After the news conference, Oswald's remains were transported back to Rose Hill Cemetery for re-interment in a new casket and vault.

Opening bid is $1,000, and the auction starts December 16. Hurry? Unless you're in the market for this Sanders auction item: "Section of the Leather Seat Upon Which JFK & the First Lady Sat When He Was Shot." Good Lord.

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