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JFK assassination Memorabilia Up for Auction

  • The flags that hung behind the desk of former President John Kennedy are seen at an auction house in New York, Oct. 17, 2013.
  • Then U.S. President John F. Kennedy, seated in fabric-covered rocking chair, meets with Andrei Gromyko, then Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Soviet Union, in the Yellow Oval Room at the White House, Washington, Oct 6, 1961 (handout photo by John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.)
  • A photograph of a missile launch site from the Cuban Missile Crisis is displayed as part of the McInnis Auctioneers Presidential Auction in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Feb. 10, 2013.
  • A pen used by the former U.S. President John F. Kennedy at the signing of the "Interdiction of the Delivery of Offensive Weapons to Cuba" next to a photo of the signing are displayed as part of the McInnis Auctioneers Presidential Auction in Amesbury, Massachussets.
  • Photographs showing former president John F. Kennedy and his wife Jackie and the couple's children John Jr. and Caroline, on display, March 18, are among the items to be offered at an auction of the late president's momorabilia in New York.
  • Telephone bids are taken at Christie's auction of the personal property of Marilyn Monroe in New York on Oct. 27, 1999.
Reuters
— Nearly 300 items related to U.S. President John F. Kennedy and to Kennedy's assassination, including a lock of the president's hair and Lee Harvey Oswald's wedding ring, were put up for auction in Massachusetts on Thursday.
 
The sale at the Omni Parker House hotel in Boston, billed as the most extensive auction of Kennedy-related memorabilia this year, comes just weeks before the 50th anniversary of the president's assassination in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963.
 
Among the items offered for sale was a gold wedding band that belonged to Oswald, Kennedy's assassin, along with a letter written last year by Oswald's widow, said Bobby Livingston, executive vice president of RR Auction.
 
“She tells us she doesn't want the ring in her possession because it connects her to the worst day of her life,” he said of Marina Oswald Porter. “She wants nothing to do with Lee Harvey Oswald.”
 
The ring, purchased at a jewelry store in Minsk and left on a night table next to Marina's bed in Irving, Texas, on the day of Kennedy's assassination, was confiscated by the U.S. Secret Service and later returned.
 
It remained forgotten in a lawyer's files for 49 years and was returned to the family of Marina Oswald Porter last year, Livingston said.
 
The auction includes other items of Oswald's: a revolver, his U.S. Marine Corps knife, a raincoat, a rifle score book and a chess set.
 
Among the auction items linked to Kennedy was a lock of his hair collected in July 1963 by his barber and a gold ring given to him by his wife, Jacqueline, according to an auction catalog.
 
The 18-karat ring, bearing the presidential seal and engraved with “J.B.K. to J.F.K.,” was among several engraved items that included a brass shaving kit, cigarette lighters and Kennedy's “well-worn” rosary, Livingston said.
 
Bidding for the 290 items in the auction, which began online a week ago, was expected to continue until about 5 p.m., with several pieces, including Oswald's wedding ring, expected to fetch six-figure amounts, he said.

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