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