Lee Harvey Oswald coffin
Price: $87, 469
More than 47 years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the original casket of his alleged shooter, Lee Harvey Oswald, was sold at auction in 2010 to an anonymous buyer. Oswald was arrested less than an hour after the president was shot in Dallas in 1963, only to be famously gunned down two days later by nightclub owner Jack Ruby (born Jack Rubenstein). An
original pine box held Oswald for nearly 20 years as conspiracy theories ran wild, with some people insisting a lookalike Russian agent was buried in his place. The exhumation of the coffin in 1981 debunked all claims, as biological evidence proved the body to be Oswald’s, despite extensive water damage to both the interior and exterior of the casket. Funeral Director Allen Baumgardner, present at Oswald’s autopsy, kept the piece of history in storage in Fort Worth for three decades before deciding to sell. Oswald’s brother claims to be the rightful owner of the casket and plans to sue the Texas funeral home Baumgardner operated.