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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.

Jack Ruby shoots Lee Harvey Oswald

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 August 1991.

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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