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Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin auctioned for $87,000
NewsDaily ^ | 2010/12/17 | Steve Gorman

Posted on 12/18/2010 7:47:50 AM PST by epithermal

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17, 2010 (Reuters) — An anonymous buyer has paid more than $87,000 to purchase the wood coffin that held Lee Harvey Oswald's body for 20 years, an auction house said on Friday.

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TOPICS: History; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: disgusting; yuck

1 posted on 12/18/2010 7:47:53 AM PST by epithermal
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To: epithermal

I think the key word on this post “yuck” pretty well says it all.


2 posted on 12/18/2010 7:52:27 AM PST by JaguarXKE (Life - It's 10 percent circumstances and 90 percent how you react to circumstances - Sarah Palin)
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To: epithermal

They found whose long form birth certificate in there?


3 posted on 12/18/2010 7:54:09 AM PST by A CA Guy ( God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: JaguarXKE

The money should go to the wife.


4 posted on 12/18/2010 7:54:47 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: epithermal

They discovered that there was a second coffin.


5 posted on 12/18/2010 7:55:35 AM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: epithermal

The perfect Christmas gift for that hard to buy for ghoul.


6 posted on 12/18/2010 7:56:55 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: epithermal

Was that caused by decomposition, or had they filled it with shavings?

Weird.


7 posted on 12/18/2010 8:00:38 AM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: epithermal

So, if you are the “lucky” winning bidder, what do you do with this dubious treaure? Make a coffee table out of it? There’s something sick about attaching $$$ value to things like this.


8 posted on 12/18/2010 8:05:33 AM PST by Nepeta
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To: Pontiac
The perfect Christmas gift for that hard to buy for ghoul.

You'd be surprised at what goes on.

The "asylumeclectica.com" has links to all sorts of crime, diseases, the offbeat, and whatnot.

Not for the squeamish, easily offended, etc.

9 posted on 12/18/2010 8:17:23 AM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: epithermal

Obviously the economy is booming. All that doom and gloom that so many of us believed was coming was just foolishness.

Some people have WAY too much money, and way too much time to waste on things like this.


10 posted on 12/18/2010 8:51:06 AM PST by LegendHasIt
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To: epithermal

Where is he now?


11 posted on 12/18/2010 8:58:28 AM PST by RnMomof7 (Gal 4:16 asks "Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?")
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To: Calvin Locke

I’ll have to look it up

Thanks


12 posted on 12/18/2010 9:04:44 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: bannie
Was that caused by decomposition, or had they filled it with shavings?

It looks like excelsior to me.

I am guessing that the lining decomposed and that allowed the stuffing behind it to fall in to the bottom of the coffin.

The article said that it was a simple Pine coffin (read cheap prison supplied coffin). That means cheap lining that would decompose quickly. The article also said that the coffin was water damaged. That also means that water was also likely inside the coffin contributing to decomposition of a biodegradable lining.

13 posted on 12/18/2010 9:10:23 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: Nepeta
So, if you are the “lucky” winning bidder, what do you do with this dubious treaure?

Could be a profit motive.

The buyer could have a museum of the macabre; Might be a new exhibit to draw tourist.

14 posted on 12/18/2010 9:12:54 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: RnMomof7
Where is he now?

From the article:

The coffin was unearthed in October 1981 after a legal dispute between Oswald's widow, Marina, and his brother, Robert.

Marina successfully sought an exhumation to test a conspiracy theory that a look-alike Russian agent had been buried in her husband's place, according to the auction house.

A medical exam showed the badly decomposed body was indeed Oswald's, and he was returned to Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas, in a new casket.


15 posted on 12/18/2010 9:16:22 AM PST by Semper911 (When you want to rob Peter to pay Paul, you'll always have the support of Paul.)
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To: epithermal

Reporters were enlisted to act as pallbearers at the interment of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth.


16 posted on 12/18/2010 10:03:14 AM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Pontiac

I know that this is not a popular view...but I can’t understand spending thousands on any coffin. All of that expensive woodwork and COMFORTABLE lining is such a waste. IF you want a funeral showing the body, there could be some sort of elaborate couch; but burying all of that money is silly.

I’ll be cremated...and even for that you have to BUY A BOX! Insane...buy a box to burn. The cardboard box is about $70...but that’s much better than those lovely work$ of art.


17 posted on 12/18/2010 3:50:21 PM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: Pontiac

Maybe you’re buying DNA?


18 posted on 12/18/2010 3:51:01 PM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: dfwgator

ROFL


19 posted on 12/18/2010 6:38:00 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Palin 2012: don't retreat, just reload)
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To: epithermal

20 posted on 12/18/2010 7:43:16 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Rebelbase

21 posted on 12/18/2010 8:43:42 PM PST by dfwgator (Welcome to the Gator Nation Will Muschamp)
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To: bannie
I know that this is not a popular view...but I can’t understand spending thousands on any coffin. All of that expensive woodwork and COMFORTABLE lining is such a waste.

You’re right but the proper way to think about it is that funerals and all of the accompanying paraphernalia is for the living not the dead.

The coffin, the headstone, the wake they are all for the living. It is part of the social order in how we deal with the deaths of those we love.

The more affluent we become the more we lavish on the dead. It is no different than anything else.

22 posted on 12/19/2010 3:38:26 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: bannie
Maybe you’re buying DNA?

Highly unlikely.

The enemies of DNA are air, water, bacteria and time. All three have been at that coffin.

The only way you would get DNA is to have gotten a bone with the coffin.

23 posted on 12/19/2010 3:47:06 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: Pontiac

Thank you! I come here to learn!
:-)

I had no idea.


24 posted on 12/19/2010 9:09:29 AM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: Pontiac

I agree except...my headstone is for ME! ;-) I don’t want to leave without SAYIN’ SOMETHIN’!

I’ve already designed mine. Although I’ll, obviously, never know if it is placed or how long it might endure...I sure like the idea! Come to think of it, I’d like a big, old stone BENCH loaded with stuff I want to say!

Another thing I’d like (I’m so vain that I don’t want to be forgotten!) would be to have “memorial rings” for my kids and grand’s. Shakespeare did that: He left money to friends for memorial rings. COOL IDEA, that!

One hopes, however, that these would not be buried forever...and I sure won’t care about a lovely, pink, frilly and silky pillow upon which to rest my empty, unfeeling, dead head! ;-)


25 posted on 12/19/2010 9:18:23 AM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: bannie
I agree except...my headstone is for ME! ;-) I don’t want to leave without SAYIN’ SOMETHIN’!

Well I hope you keep a diary; more people will read it.

The only time you catch me in a cemetery is during a funeral and I don’t go to many of those.

26 posted on 12/19/2010 9:29:14 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: Pontiac

You’re right about the diary. I don’t: I should.

;-)

I love cemeteries. I’ve been to very few funerals; but I love walking around, reading tombstones: They say so much.


27 posted on 12/19/2010 9:47:39 AM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: bannie
Maybe you will find this interesting.

Graveyard Rabbit

28 posted on 12/19/2010 11:34:28 AM PST by Pontiac
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To: Pontiac

Thank you! I’m off to explore!! There’s such great history in cemeteries!


29 posted on 12/19/2010 12:13:23 PM PST by bannie (Gone to seed.)
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To: dfwgator; martin_fierro; The Comedian

LOLOLOLOL!


30 posted on 12/21/2010 6:21:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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Possible lawn item for the grave:
Google

31 posted on 12/21/2010 6:23:16 PM PST by SunkenCiv (The 2nd Amendment follows right behind the 1st because some people are hard of hearing.)
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To: SunkenCiv; martin_fierro; dfwgator
I want the other one, the one buried on the grassy knoll.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

32 posted on 12/21/2010 8:29:01 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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To: SunkenCiv; martin_fierro; dfwgator
I want the other one, the one buried on the grassy knoll.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

33 posted on 12/21/2010 8:38:45 PM PST by The Comedian (Government: Saving people from freedom since time immemorial.)
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