President Kennedy's Hearse Up for Auction

Date set for Jan. 21

Tuesday, Dec 20, 2011  |  Updated 11:59 AM CDT
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President Kennedy's Hearse Up for Auction

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A pencil drawing of John F. Kennedy sits in Dealey Plaza during the 48th anniversary of his assassination on Nov. 22, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.

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An auction house specializing in collectible classic cars plans to auction the hearse used to carry the body of President John F. Kennedy from a Dallas hospital to Air Force One.

In a statement issued Monday, Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. of Scottsdale, Ariz., announced a Jan. 21 auction of the 1964 Cadillac hearse.

O'Neal Funeral Home of Dallas used the hearse to bring a bronze casket to the hospital on Nov. 22, 1963, the day of Kennedy's assassination, then carried the casket containing the president's body to Love Field.

Earlier this year, Barrett-Jackson auctioned the ambulance used to carry the slain president's body from Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base to the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

At the same time, Dallas is finalizing plans and construction on Dealey Plaza, the historic site where President Kennedy was assassinated. The project is expected to be completed in time for the 50th anniversary of his death.

NBC 5's Justin Hinton contributed to this report.

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