Skip to comments.Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin auctioned for $87,000
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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I think the key word on this post “yuck” pretty well says it all.
They found whose long form birth certificate in there?
The money should go to the wife.
They discovered that there was a second coffin.
The perfect Christmas gift for that hard to buy for ghoul.
Was that caused by decomposition, or had they filled it with shavings?
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.
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.
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.
Where is he now?
I’ll have to look it up
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.
Could be a profit motive.
The buyer could have a museum of the macabre; Might be a new exhibit to draw tourist.
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.
Reporters were enlisted to act as pallbearers at the interment of Lee Harvey Oswald at the Shannon Rose Hill Cemetery in Fort Worth.
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.
Maybe you’re buying DNA?
Youre 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.
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.
Thank you! I come here to learn!
I had no idea.
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! ;-)
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 dont go to many of those.
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.
Thank you! I’m off to explore!! There’s such great history in cemeteries!
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