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Lee Harvey Oswald Warren Commission Exhibit No. 187

ALS signed twice, “Love, Lee,” two pages, lightly-lined on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8, December 13, 1961. Letter to his mother. In full (with grammar and spelling retained): “We recieded your post card today and also the first package of books which you sent us a month and a-half ago. I sure do appreciate your help. I think we’ll get together if we finally get back to the states, and maybe we’ll be able to settle in Texas. I hope everything is allright with you, why do you change address’s so often? I sent you and [brother] Robert a Christmas card, and even Aunt Lilian [his mother’s eldest sister, Lillian Murret] in New Orleans, do you write to them at all? or to Aunt Lilian. Has John [half-brother John Pic] been writing to you lately?

When you write you can send us Just post cards instead of letters they are cheaper and Marina enjoys the pictures of Texas and america. Snow is on the ground here and will be until april or may. Marina is feeling fine and everything is O.K. with that. Marina laughed when she heard your question about babies born at home or in hospitals of course allmost everyone here has their babys in the hospitial Your choice of books is very good, thanks a lot for them. Marina sends her love and hopes you recived her thanks you letter for the beautiful scraf you sent her.” Oswald goes on to add a short postscript which reads, “I wrote this letter on one day but didn’t get to send it till today, when I recivied your second package of books (cowboys & times) so I shall thank you for them also.” This letter was an official exhibit in the Warren Commission investigation into JFK’s assassination and, like most of the exhibits, is protectively and permanently soft-laminated, with a red and white label affixed to one side and notated “Commission No. 187.” Pencilled along the lower edge of reverse by John Lattimer is “JKL 89-47”; Lattimer was selected by the Kennedy family to be the first non-governmental medical specialist to review evidence in the assassination, ultimately supporting the findings of the Warren Commission. In fine condition, with uniform light toning and surface marks and usual creases to laminate.

Less than two years after defecting to the Soviet Union, Oswald completely reversed his stance and decided to return to the States with his new, now-pregnant wife, Marina. Having secured his US Passport, Oswald was awaiting approval from the Soviet government for his and Marina’s exit visas as the year came to a close. Writing to his mother, he comes across as a kind and appreciative son, grateful for books she has sent, looking forward to the birth of his first child, and making plans to rejoin his family in Texas as soon as he can. The couple finally received word that their requests had been granted by Soviet authorities on Christmas day, 1961. With an official Warren Commission label, Lattimer’s small pencil notation, and two signatures from Oswald, this is a highly desirable letter written as he planned his return to the States. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.

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Posted by on January 7, 2014 in Lee Harvey Oswald


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Lee Harvey Oswald Very rare original color 8mm silent home movies

Very rare original color 8mm silent home movies of Lee Harvey Oswald, his wife Marina, and his family celebrating Thanksgiving on November 22, 1962, at his brother Robert’s house. The film has a total running time of 3:16, with the holiday portion beginning at 1:53 and running until the end. The film shows Lee sitting on a sofa, with Marina sitting on the arms next to him. Also shown in the shot are Oswald’s brother Robert, his wife, and several children seated on the floor in front of the adults. The opening 1:52 shows Robert’s children, including his daughter’s birthday, and his son playing outside on his swing set. In fine condition. Be advised this film comes with full copyright going to the successful bidder. Film is accompanied by a digital copy on CD as well as a second disc with several screen-grabs of the Oswald family. Accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Robert Oswald. A personal look at the happy family celebrating, their final Thanksgiving together, exactly one year before Oswald would assassinate John F. Kennedy from the 6th floor of the Texas School Book Depository. The film offered here is one of just several known pieces of color film footage of Lee Harvey Oswald. RR Auction COA.


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Posted by on January 2, 2014 in Lee Harvey Oswald


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RR Autograph Auction Lee Harvey Oswald Hand-Addressed Mailing Envelope

RR Autograph Auction Lee Harvey OswaldHand-addressed mailing envelope, 6 x 4.5, addressed by Oswald to his mother, “U. S. A., Mrs. M. Oswald, Box 608, Cromwell [sic], Texas,” with Oswald adding his return address, in Russian, to the lower left. Envelope bears a Minsk postmark on the front, and Vernon, Texas, December 4, 1961, on the reverse, as well as post office notations. The envelope is softly laminated, consistent with other official exhibits in the government’s possession during the Warren Commission investigation. In fine condition, with some scattered light creasing and torn top edge. Oswald’s time spent in Russia prior to his 1962 return to the United States was a major part of the federal government’s investigation following President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. Pre-certified PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.


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