Ten lots of rare artifacts directly related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are up for auction from January 11th through January 30th, 2016, online at www.GoldinAuctions.com. The lots include keys to JFK’s limousine, the keys that unlocked both Lee Harvey Oswald’s jail cell and handcuffs, plus a lock of hair from the President and a small leather swatch of bloodstained leather cut from the rear seat of the limousine.
Nearly as unique as these artifacts is a lot featuring the 1963 White House Christmas Card signed by the President and First Lady. One of just 15 cards the First Couple got to sign before that fateful day in Dallas.
“The assassination of President Kennedy is one of America’s darkest days and as a result artifacts from it are treasured by collectors and historians,” said Ken Goldin Founder of Goldin Auctions. “We are honored to share these lots with the diverse universe of collectors and historians.”
Here are brief descriptions of the ten lots. To register for the auction or to receive a free catalog, visit www.GoldinAuctions.com.
Lot #14: 1963 White House Christmas Card Signed by JFK and Jackie – Just one of 15 such cards the President and First Lady were able to sign before that fateful day in Dallas. (LOA from PSA/DNA)
Lot #15: 1962 Lee Harvey Oswald Envelope Addressed to his Mother from Russia –The envelope features a Minsk postmark and a USPS employee’s notation “1st Notice. 12-12-61″ in ballpoint pen. The envelope has been paired with Oswald’s mugshot and the entire piece is professionally matted and framed to 17 1/2″ x 22 1/2”. Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA.
Lot #16 – 1961 Lee Harvey Oswald Letter to his Mother from Soviet Union – This three-page hand written letter from Oswald to his mother in Texas dates from January 2, 1962. In the letter Oswald asks his mother to help secure visas for him and his wife to return to the U.S.
Lot #17: Key from Cell Block F of the Dallas City Jail that housed both Oswald and Jack Ruby – The key shows great use and has taken on a brownish-gold patina with age. It is mounted alongside a color photo of cell F-2 and a black and white 8×10 of Dallas Assistant Jailer Henry Ellison who job it was to carry this key. Ellison’s signed letter describing the provenance and significance of the key is mounted alongside the other artifacts.
Lot #18 – Original Keys to the Presidential Limousine in which JFK was assassinated in. The two metal keys are just over two inches long and are embossed with the Lincoln Motor Company’s logo. The keys are mounted with a color 8×10 photograph of the car and its occupants on that fateful day in Dallas. Comes with a provenance in the form of a notarized statement from R. Steven Turner that reads: “This is an original set of keys to the Presidential limousine (SS-100-X) that President John F. Kennedy rode in on November 22, 1963. I obtained them from the Secret Service motor pool, while I was a criminal investigator with the Department of Justice.” Also comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Erik L. Dorr of the Gettysburg Museum of History.
Lot #19 – Oswald Handcuff Key — The key is mounted along with a dramatic black and white 8×10 of Oswald in the handcuffs this key unlocked and a copy of Assistant Jailer Henry Ellison’s Dallas Police identity card. Also mounted is a 1998 signed letter from Ellison that states in part “This was my personal handcuff key that I used to unlock the handcuffs that were holding Lee Harvey Oswald when he arrived at the Dallas City Jail on the fifth floor November 22, 1963…I was on duty working as an assistant Jailer of the Service Division of the Dallas Police Department. Lee Harvey Oswald was captured at the Texas Theatre, handcuffed and transferred to the Dallas City Jail
Lot #20 – JFK Assassination Artifact Collection — This unique five item collection of historical artifacts relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy is diverse. Two pieces relate to the President: a lock of about ten strands of the President’s hair which was cut at the home of Kennedy’s brother-in-law Peter Lawford in 1963 and a small leather swatch of bloodstained leather cut from the rear seat of the limousine the President was riding in when he was assassinated. Oswald is represented by a 4 1/4″ x 6” registered letter envelope he sent from Minsk to his mother in Texas. Jack Ruby is represented by a 1951 dated check from one of his nightclubs, the “Silver Spur”. The lot also includes a type written and signed document from Gerald Ford, member of the Warren Commission. This display comes with notarized letter from barber Harry Gelbart attesting to the provenance of the President’s hair and various articles featuring him as a celebrity stylist. The bloodstained leather swatch is accompanied by documentation from F. Vaughn Ferguson, Technical Service Representative at the White House and a Certificate of Authenticity from John Reznikoff of University Archives.
Lot #21 – Bullet and Spent Cartridge from the Gun used by Ruby to Shoot Oswald – This display features a bullet fired from the revolver Ruby used to change the course of history. The bullet and spent shell cartridge are mounted together with a color photo of Ruby’s Colt Cobra and a black and white 8×10 copy of the infamous shooting below the Dallas Police Headquarters. The photo has been signed in blue ballpoint by two of the men in the picture, Detective James Leavelle who was handcuffed to Oswald and L.C. Graves who disarmed Ruby after the shooting. Accompanied by a brass plaque is engraved “Historical Collectable Owners Proof Edition An Original Bullet Shot from ‘The Most Famous Gun in the World’ The ‘Jack Ruby’ Colt Cobra .38 Special” and a small certificate from the National Historical Mint attesting to the bullet and cartridge’s authenticity.
Lot #22 – Signed Police Statement from the Men Who Captures Oswald – This souvenir two-page type written document relates the events of Oswald’s capture as told by the four men who played starring roles in the episode: Sergeant Hill, Investigator Ray Hawkins, Detective Paul Bentley and Patrolman M.N. McDonald. It is signed by the four Dallas policemen in blue ballpoint pen and is accompanied by a page with photographs of the four men signing the statement.
Lot #23 – Tickets to Texas Welcome Dinner for JFK dated Nov. 22, 1963 – The 2 ¼ x 4 ticket is printed on gold stock and is paired with a color photograph of the Kennedy’s and Connally’s in the limousine moments before the assassination.
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