Oswald's Coffin Up for Auction

By JOHN ROGERS
|  Wednesday, Dec 1, 2010  |  Updated 4:45 PM CDT
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A ghoulish piece of American history is now up for sale to the highest bidder.

The modest wooden coffin in which John F. Kennedy's assassin was buried is being auctioned online by Texas mortuary owner Allen Baumgardner.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Santa Monica, which is handling the sale, believes Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin could fetch as much as $100,000.

It was exhumed in 1981 in an attempt to put to rest conspiracy theories that Oswald really wasn't in it. Oswald's body was then reburied in a replacement coffin because the original suffered water damage during its 17 years in the ground.

Baumgardner said Wednesday he has held onto the original since the day it was dug up.

The online auction closes Dec. 16.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions also offers other Oswald items including his death certificate, as well as the funeral record logbook and vital statistics form from Miller Funeral Home which handled Oswald's embalming and burial.

More: Nate D. Sanders Auctions website

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