Lee Harvey Oswald's handcuffs to beat $250,000?

Janie Brown

Janie Brown

2016-11-30 13:07:24

The handcuffs used to capture John F Kennedy's killer, Lee Harvey Oswald, are coming to auction.

Police officer Ray Hawkins "slapped" the cuffs on Oswald as the president's killer attempted to draw his revolver.

Hawkins was one of several police officers who trapped Oswald in Dallas' Texas Theater at 1:50 pm on November 22, 1963.

That was just an hour and 20 minutes after Oswald had shot Kennedy from the Texas School Book Depository, and just 35 minutes after he had killed police officer JD Tippit.

Oswald was cornered after he was spotted walking into the theatre without paying for his ticket.

The cuffs will auction with a $250,000+ valuation at Goldin Auctions on December 3. That price is a testament to the enduring fascinating surrounding Kennedy's assassination, and the rarity of memorabilia connected with it.

"This is one of the very few significant JFK-Oswald items that is not in the National Archives," explains the auction house.

"The Dallas Police Department made its officers and detectives buy their own handcuffs, thus allowing Hawkins to retain his private property after the assassination."

Oswald would be killed two days later – shot by Jack Ruby.

A  letter Oswald sent to his mother from the Soviet Union in 1962 auctioned for $51,240 earlier this year. His wedding ring made $108,000 in 2013.

The sale will also feature a District of Columbia licence plate used by Jackie Kennedy while she was the First Lady. It has an estimate of $25,000+.

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Janie Brown


2016-12-02 17:18:19

Interesting. I'd like to know where the cuffs are from when jack Ruby shot him?

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