We're rolling up on the 50th anniversary of the assassination, so of course everyone in possession of items with any tie whatsoever to the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, is coming out of the woodwork and popping their stuff up on the auction block.
We all know about the infamous 1961 Lincoln Continental convertible that Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy and Gov. Connally rode in as they motored through Dallas, but there was actually another car that made a very small appearance that day, and now it can be yours.
Before JFK climbed into the dark blue cabriolet (cabriolets were banned by the Secret Service after the assassination) the group climbed into a different car, a white 1963 Lincoln convertible, as they rode around Fort Worth that morning. The president and Jackie Kennedy then boarded a plane to fly from Fort Worth to Dallas, but they'd spent just enough time in the car to make it memorabilia.
Now the owner is putting the car up on the auction block. The Lincoln has been restored and bidding starts off at $50,000.
If that's not exactly within your price range and you've a hankering to own a bit of history, or whatever, it turns out there's an entire auction of stuff tied to either JFK, his assassin Lee Harvey Oswald or Oswald's assassin, Jack Ruby. The folks over at RR Auction have put together a nice variety of weird bits and pieces to auction off in the month before the 50th anniversary of the assassination. You can take a crack at owning a window from the sixth floor of the Book Depository (bids starting at $85,598.)
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If you've already got all the windows with historical associations you could possibly want you can try and get a hat guaranteed to have been worn by Ruby, a Russian Christmas card Oswald sent to his mother in 1961 or three pickets of fencing from the Grassy Knoll. All very reasonably priced (read: very expensively priced considering this stuff would be worth a lot less if Oswald -- or whoever shot him, according to the conspiracy theorists -- had just stayed home that day.)
Oswald's widow, Marina, tried to auction off his gold wedding ring about a month ago, but it presumably didn't sell because that particular band of gold is still listed on the site. If you're looking to buy your loved one that perfect distinctive symbol of eternal devotion, you can still get hold of the ring, complete with hammer and sickle engraved inside.
We've been leading up to all of this for more than a year -- people, including Dallas, the good old City of Hate itself, have been bracing for this anniversary for a long while now -- but it's still strange. Maybe it shouldn't be, but there's something about auctioning off every bit of JFK paraphernalia that can be got that seems a little off, like vultures picking over some fairly old bones.
Of course, Hair Balls probably wouldn't be thinking that if we could afford an $85,000 assassination window, but that ain't in our budget. So we'll just sit here pseudo-philosophically pondering the weird instead..