Just a month shy of the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination, one of shooter Lee Harvey Oswald's last remaining possessions is hitting the auction block on Thursday.
Oswald's gold wedding band will be auctioned in Boston by RR Auction on October 24, Dallas News reported. The ring will be accompanied by a five-page handwritten letter by Oswald's widow, Marina Oswald Porter, detailing the ring's history. RR Auction expects the ring will be sold for $30,000 to $50,000.
Oswald reportedly left the ring in a cup next to Porter's bed before he shot and killed Kennedy on November 22, 1963 (Oswald himself was shot and killed two days later by club owner Jack Ruby at Dallas police headquarters). The Secret Service confiscated the ring and gave it to Porter's former lawyer, who then gave it to the law office of Porter's attorney, Forrest Markward, where it remained in a manila folder until it was rediscovered in 2004.
No one staked a claim to the ring or contacted Porter for eight years, until one of the partners at Markward's former law office wrote her a letter telling her that the ring had been found. Porter picked it up in early 2013 and is now eager to part with it.
“This is the only item of Lee’s that has been returned to me, and it took almost 50 years,” Porter said in the letter. “I’m remarried for many years now, raised my children and have been blessed with grandchildren... 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 [me] with Nov. 22, 1963.”
Click though the slideshow below to read more lost wedding ring stories.
On The Brooklyn Bridge
Disaster struck when Don Walling proposed to girlfriend Gina Pellicani in <a href="http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/30011573/ns/today-weddings/t/would-be-groom-drops-ring-busy-bridge/#.Tr2naIBW6fY" target="_hplink">2009</a>, at the Brooklyn Bridge's pedestrian walkway. But it wasn't because she said no -- in fact, it wasn't Pellicani's fault at all. It was <a href="http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Oops-Fiancee-Drops-Engagement-Ring-Off-Brooklyn-Bridge.html" target="_hplink">Walling himself</a> who dropped the ring through a crack in the bridge onto the busy roadway below. Although the couple (and onlookers) were horrified at first, Walling was able to retrieve the ring -- and only the band was bent in the fall. Looks like it ended happily ever after.
In A Zoo Exhibit
Santa Ana Zoo visitor Sheila Clark was walking through the Amazon's Edge exhibit when <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2011/08/14/engagement-ring-lost-in-zoo-exhibits-waters-returned-to-colorado-woman/" target="_hplink">her wedding ring <em>and</em> her engagement ring</a> fell onto the deck where she was standing. Although she managed to save her wedding ring, her engagement ring fell -- right into the eight-foot watery exhibit. Luckily, with the help of Zoo Director Kent Yamaguchi (who waded into the muck himself), Clark was reunited with her ring.
In A Trick-or-Treater's Candy Bucket
After a long night of handing out candy on Halloween <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,571067,00.html" target="_hplink">in 2009</a>, Ohio woman Elizabeth Olson suddenly noticed that her 3-diamond anniversary ring had gone missing. In the process of tossing out candy into pillow cases and buckets, she had thrown in her ring too. No word yet if the ring has been found.
On A Rock Jetty
In August 2010, Matt Cawley proposed to girlfriend Stacey Scanlon at a Cape Cod rock jetty overlooking the ocean. But Scanlon's excitement turned to dread as <a href="http://www.thebostonchannel.com/r/24597272/detail.html" target="_hplink">she dropped the heavy $9K ring</a>, which was attached to an oversized sand dollar. The ring fell somewhere in between the rocks, and despite the efforts of the couple, lifeguards and beach-goers -- the ring was gone.
In A Holiday Park's Vacuum Cleaner
In <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1392171/Woman-miraculously-reunited-engagement-ring-hoover.html" target="_hplink">May 2009</a>, Anna Laskey lost her engagement ring after leaving it on the bathroom floor of a luxury hotel in England (she was bathing her daughter and forgot to put it back on until the next day). Laskey feared the ring would be lost forever, but ring was found in the bag of a vacuum cleaner used by the park - <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1392171/Woman-miraculously-reunited-engagement-ring-hoover.html" target="_hplink">the only machine out of 30 that had not been emptied the same day.</a>
In A NASCAR Race
After touring the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage at the Michigan International Speedway as part of a fan promotion, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/columbia-township/index.ssf/2011/09/woman_in_bay_city_reunited_with_wedding_ring_lost_in_garage_area_at_michigan_international_speedway.html" target="_hplink">Andrea Wieland</a> couldn't find her ring -- anywhere. With the help of staff, friends and the MIS Facebook page, her 13-diamond ring was found a couple days later by a crew member (it was in the garage).