Lee Har­vey Oswald’s wa­ter-dam­aged cof­fin goes un­der the ham­mer in Los An­ge­les

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THE COF­FIN in which al­leged John F Kennedy as­sas­sin Lee Har­vey Oswald was buried is to go un­der the ham­mer for the first time.

The Los An­ge­les auc­tion house or­gan­is­ing the sale said on Wed­nes­day that the pine cof­fin was par­tially wa­ter-dam- aged by the 18 years it spent in the ground be­fore Oswald’s body was ex­humed in 1981 to lay to rest ru­mours that a looka­like Soviet agent had been buried in his place.

The body – con­firmed as gen­uinely his – was re­buried in an­other cas­ket, and the origi- nal cas­ket is be­ing of­fered for sale at auc­tion.

“We have al­ready had a lot of in­ter­est,” said Nate D San­ders auc­tion house man­ager Laura Yn­tema.

“This is the first time it’s ever been on the mar­ket.”

O sw a l d , ch a r g e d w i t h killing Pres­i­dent Kennedy on Novem­ber 22, 1963, was him­self shot two days later and buried on Novem­ber 25, fu­elling con­spir­acy the­o­ries which still rage to this day.

His body was ex­humed on Oc­to­ber 4, 1981.

“The cof­fin’s wood ex­te­rior was very soft from mois­ture dam­age and had dark ar­eas of dis­coloura­tion, but it would be easy to re­store,” said Yn­tema.

The cur­rent bid for the cof­fin was $1 000 dol­lars.

The auc­tion started this week and is due to end on De­cem­ber 18. – Sapa-AFP

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