Oswald wedding band, Kennedy rosary beads up for auction

Published On: Jun 12 2013 07:03:07 AM HST   Updated On: Jun 12 2013 07:12:03 AM HST

Personal items belonging to President John F. Kennedy and the man who shot him are going up for auction this fall.

Lee Harvey Oswald's gold wedding band is being offered by his former wife, Marina Oswald Porter. The ring was given to him the day they were married on April 30, 1961.

The two were married in Russia, and the ring has a star with a hammer and sickle stamped on the inside of the band.

Porter, 73, said she and her husband were estranged, and he went to her home on Nov. 21, 1963, in a last attempt to reconcile. When it didn't work out, Oswald left the ring and the money from his pockets at her house. The next day, Oswald shot and killed Kennedy in Dallas.

Kennedy's rosary beads are also up for auction. They have his name engraved on the back of the crucifix. The beads were given to his best friend and assistant, David Powers, after the assassination.

Both items were authenticated Monday by Manchester jeweler David Bellman.

RR Auctions vice president Bobby Livingston said the ring and the rosary are personal pieces of history.

He said the ring is expected to sell for about $100,000 or more, depending on who is interested. The rosary beads could bring upwards of $1 million.

The items will be offered for auction in Boston on Oct. 24.


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