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Oswald’s gold ring sold for $108,000

Lee Harvey Oswald’s gold wedding band was purchased by an anonymous Texas bidder at auction on Thursday. (Associated Press)
Lee Harvey Oswald’s gold wedding band was purchased by an anonymous Texas bidder at auction on Thursday. (Associated Press)
By Jamie Stengle Associated Press

DALLAS – Lee Harvey Oswald’s gold wedding band, which he left in a cup on the dresser as he headed to work at the Texas School Book Depository the morning of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, sold at auction on Thursday for $108,000.

The ring that belonged to the man who killed Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, was among nearly 300 items linked to the president auctioned by RR Auction in Boston.

The New Hampshire-based auction house said that Oswald’s ring, which has a tiny hammer and sickle engraved on the inside of the band, was sold to a buyer from Texas who wished to remain anonymous.

Relatively recently, Oswald’s widow, Marina Oswald Porter, recovered the ring, which apparently sat forgotten for decades in the files of a Fort Worth lawyer who once did work for her.

Accompanying the ring is a five-page handwritten letter dated May 5, 2013, in which Porter writes: “At this time of my life I don’t wish to have Lee’s ring in my possession because symbolically I want to let go of my past that is connecting with Nov. 22, 1963.”

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