Lee Harvey Oswald has remained one of the most fascinating and mysterious people in our history; as the man who fatally shot J.F.K. from a Texas book depository, he was widely hated, yet many are still curious about what made him the man he was before that fateful day.
Oswald’s wife, Marina, has moved on from that day and built another life with a family, and now she’s putting up at least one significant piece of history for auction: Oswald’s wedding band. Oswald reportedly took it off before leaving the house the day Kennedy was assassinated, and it has sat forgotten in a file of a lawyer who was once under Marina’s employ. Experts believe the ring could fetch as much as $100,000.
“It gives you such insight into the mind of Lee Harvey Oswald,” said Bobby Livingston of RR Auction.
The ring is engraved with a sickle and hammer on the inside and will be among several items up for auction from that time period, including Kennedy’s rosary beads and a hat that belonged to Jack Ruby, the man who shot and killed Oswald just after the assassination. The auction is in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the death of Kennedy.
A television movie will also be aired in November for the anniversary, a film called “Killing Kennedy” which stars Rob Lowe and Michelle Trachtenberg, who plays Marina.
“I am so excited for the challenge to portray Marina Oswald, and to do my first role speaking only in Russian,” Trachtenberg said. “I’m the only actor playing someone who is still alive, so I want to stay as true to her as possible. This is a story about JFK’s assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, and his wife Marina. And it is fascinating.”
The film airs in November on the National Geographic Channel.
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