Lot 264: Lee Harvey Oswald

RR Auction

2015-07-27 11:42:48

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Lot 264: Lee Harvey Oswald's personally-owned and -worn gray wool two-piece suit, with his name finely embroidered in yellow thread on a tag above the inner pocket on the right side, "Lee H Oswald." In fine condition, with general wear from use, several minor moth holes, and a bit of soiling. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from his older brother, Robert L. Oswald, in part: "Lee Harvey Oswald purchased this suit while still in the Marine Corps during his time at Naval Air Facility Atsugi near Yokohama, Japan from September 1957 to October 1958. Beneath the left-hand inside jacket pocket, there is an outline where a manufacturer's label appeared and matches the size of blue wool overcoat he purchased from Yokahama tailor named Kawashima…Apparently, his only dress clothes, Lee brought this suit along when he defected to the Soviet Union in October 1959 and it appears in at least three photographs dating from that period—including one taken on his wedding day on April 30, 1961. The suit is described briefly in the Warren Commission report: 'Oswald owned one suit, of Russian make and purchase, poor fitting and of heavy fabric which, despite its unsuitability for the comates of Texas and Louisiana and his obvious discomfort, he wore on the few occasions that required dress.'" A remarkable piece with excellent provenance. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458 Wednesday, 12th August 2015 Estimate: $15000-20000
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