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Lee Harvey Oswald’s life insurance claim sold at auction

BOSTON (AP) — The life insurance policy of the man who assassinated President John F. Kennedy has paid his mother less than $900. Now, the death claim she filed for that sum has sold at auction for almost $80,000.

Lee Harvey Oswald’s original insurance claim notice sold Wednesday for $79,436, Boston-based RR Auction said in a statement.

The one-page, 8.5-by-10.25-inch (21.5-by-26-centimeter) document sat in a frame next to a photograph of Oswald. The proof of death certificate is signed by Marguerite C. Oswald and is dated December 26, 1963, just 32 days after Oswald was killed by Jack Ruby.

Issued by the National Life and Accident Insurance Company of Nashville, Tennessee, the document includes Oswald’s name, dates of birth and death, places of death as Dallas, and cause of death as “gunshot wound.”

The insurance company honored its obligations by paying Marguerite Oswald $863.

Ruby, meanwhile, was convicted of Oswald’s murder and sentenced to death, but the conviction and death sentence were overturned and Ruby died before he could be retried.

Marguerite Oswald maintained her son’s innocence and came under heavy criticism for trying to profit from her son’s death.

Other items sold at the autograph and artifact auction include a 1953 signed photograph of Marilyn Monroe for nearly $29,000; a check signed by Bruce Lee for over $17,700; and a signed photograph of Winston Churchill for over $8,000.


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