Lee Harvey Oswald's Coffin Sells for $87K

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- The simple wooden coffin that was supposed to be Lee Harvey Oswald's final resting place has been sold at auction for more than $87,000, and will soon have a new resting place of its own.

The coffin was put on the auction block late last month by a Texas funeral home owner who swapped it with Oswald's family for a new one when the body was briefly exhumed in 1981.

It sold Thursday evening for $87,469, which includes a 20 percent buyers' fee.

Nate D. Sanders of Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Santa Monica, Calif., declined to provide details on the winning bidder. But he said the bidder might speak to the public on Friday.

The auction was extended two hours because of a last-minute rush of bidding.

Oswald was arrested in President John F. Kennedy's 1963 death but was slain two days later by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

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