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Oswald Wedding Ring Up for Auction

Lee Harvey Oswald's wedding ring to be auctioned with other JFK memorabilia

By Stefan Gorman
|  Wednesday, Sep 4, 2013  |  Updated 11:21 AM EDT
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Oswald Wedding Ring Up for Auction

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Lee Harvey Oswald is led down a corridor of the Dallas police station for another round of questioning in connection with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Nov. 23, 1963. Oswald, who denies any involvement in the shooting, is formally charged with murder. (AP Photo)

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A wedding band worn by Lee Harvey Oswald on the day he is accused of assassinating President John F. Kennedy and killing Dallas police officer J. D. Tippit will be sold in an upcoming auction.

The 14-karat gold ring engraved with hammer and sickle etchings was locked in the safe of Fort Worth law firm Brackett and Ellis before it was returned to Oswald's widow, Marina Oswald-Porter, earlier this year.

The ring will be auctioned as part of New Hampshire-based RR Auction's JFK 50th Anniversary Auction in October.

Oswald's ring is accompanied by a handwritten letter from Oswald's widow in which she documents the ring's purchase in Minsk, Russia, in 1961 and how he left the ring at the Dallas home of Ruth Paine the morning of Nov. 22, 1963.

Oswald-Porter goes on to describe that fateful day as "the worst day of my life," and describes the ring's eventual confiscation by the Secret Service from Paine's home.

Oswald wedding ring"The ring is believed to be the only item to be returned to Marina," said Bobby Livingston, RR Auction vice president.

"Symbolically listing it may be a way for her to let go of her past in connection with the terrible tragedy," he said.

Oswald's wedding band is expected to fetch between $30,000 and $50,000 when it is auctioned off along with the other JFK-related items on Oct. 24 in Boston.

Other items in the auction include the 1963 Lincoln Continental convertible the president rode in during his visit to Fort Worth the morning of his death, the controversial 6th Floor Window from the Texas School Book Depository and Kennedy's rosary.

For more information, visit the RR Auction's website.

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