The Gun That Killed Oswald -
On November 24, 1963, as a nation of stunned citizens watched
on live television, Lee Harvey Oswald the alleged assassin of
President John F. Kennedy was shot to death in the basement of
Dallas' municipal building by strip-joint operator Jack Ruby.
In 1991, the gun used in the killing was placed on auction
in New York City. Earl Ruby, brother of Jack who got
possession of the .38-caliber Colt Cobra revolver after
winning a court battle to control his brother's estate in
Originally purchased for $62.50 in 1960 the gun sold at
auction for $200,000 to bidder
Frank Roman who bought the gun on behalf of Anthony V. Pugliese
III, a private gun collector.
In March of 2008, the gun now was
placed on the auction block at the Palms Casino Resort in Las
Vegas (for $1 Million) as part of the Pugliese Pop Culture Collection
that included such items as the hat of the Wicked Witch of the West's
from The Wizard of Oz; the whip and Holy Grail from
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; the sword from
Braveheart; the superhero costume worn by
Christopher Reeve in Superman; and the FBI badge that
once belonged to J. Edgar Hoover.
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