Lee Harvey Oswald collectibles


2015-06-26 11:08:52


Lee Harvey Oswald collectibles are items of crime memorabilia relating to President John F. Kennedy’s assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.


Lee Harvey Oswald (1939-1963) is known as the sniper who assassinated President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963.

Oswald was a former U.S. marine, who had defected to the Soviet Union. As J.F.K’s motorcade moved through Dallas, Oswald fired three rifle shots from a sixth floor window, killing the president. He was later captured by police. He denied everything when questioned.

Two days after his arrest, while being transferred to the county jail, Oswald was shot and killed by a nightclub owner called Jack Ruby. This event was recorded on live television via the broadcasting cameras present.

It was initially decided that Oswald acted alone in the assassination, firing three shots. However, the truth of the situation is much debated by members of the public, and rife with conspiracy theories. A later committee decided that he probably had not acted alone, but agreed that he had fired all three of the shots which killed Kennedy.

Notable collectibles

  • Signed letter from Lee Harvey Oswald to his brother written in 1962 from Russia, sold for $6,325 at Christie’s in June 1999.
  • Oswald’s signed Guidebook for Marines sold for $72,500 at Heritage Auctions in June 2008.
  • Oswald’s coffin sold for $87,000 in December 2010. A conspiracy theory had suggested that he had been replaced by a Soviet agent, and the coffin was unearthed to test the truth of this. It transpired that in fact the body was Lee Harvey Oswald after all, the corpse was re-buried, and the original coffin put up for auction.
  • The blood-stained toe tag from Oswald’s cadaver, plus a lock of his hair, sold for $67,500 at Guernsey’s in March 2008.
  • The hat Jack Ruby was wearing when he shot Lee Harvey Oswald sold for $50,000 at Guernsey’s in March 2008.
  • The taxi cab that Lee Harvey Oswald used as his getaway car sold for $35,750 at RM Auctions in June 2010.
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