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Coffin used by Lee Harvey Oswald auctioned off

SANTA MONICA, Calif. ---- One lucky holiday shopper will find a special gift underneath their Christmas tree this year, Lee Harvey Oswald’s used casket. The casket used by the presidential assassin sold for $87,469 a California auction house said.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Santa Monica did not identify the buyer but said the person might be named Friday, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Online bidding for the morose item of history started at $1,000 Thursday and ended around 10 p.m.

The wooden coffin used for Oswald’s burial after he shot President John F. Kennedy in 1963 was exhumed in 1981.

 Funeral Director Allen Baumgardner, who participated in the exhumation to prove the body in the casket, was that of Oswald’s and not a soviet agent’s kept the casket for three decades in his Fort Worth, Texas funeral home.

Medical examiners said the1981 autopsy confirmed the man in the casket was Oswald. The remains were placed in a new casket and reburied in the Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth.

Just for fun, we thought of a practical use for Oswald’s used casket. If turn the casket on its side it could be used as a school book depository, ruby lining not included.

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