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Bids for Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin top $37,000

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This file photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, shows the wooden coffin in which John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was buried in, seen at the Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles. This file photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, shows the wooden coffin in which John F. Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was buried in, seen at the Nate D. Sanders Auctions in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An auction house that put Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin on the market has extended by two hours the deadline to make bids, after receiving a rush of last-minute offers.

Nate D. Sanders Auctions of Santa Monica, Calif., had planned to close bidding at 5 p.m. Thursday until the last-minute bids poured in. The top bid stood at $37,404 at 5 p.m., up $15,000 from the high bid the day before.

The coffin was offered for sale last month by a Texas funeral home owner who swapped it with Oswald's family for a new one when the body was briefly exhumed in 1981. The body was dug up so it could be positively identified.

Funeral home owner Allen Baumgardner said he felt it was time for the coffin to have a new owner.

Oswald was arrested as a suspect in President John F. Kennedy's 1963 death, but he was slain two days later by nightclub owner Jack Ruby.

 

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