Another auction which I found really interesting was the window and frame from where Lee Harvey Oswald shot US President John F Kennedy in 1963 was being sold on eBay.
This was interesting to me as it’s a very strange item to be auctioned off on eBay, you’d expect something of such history and being as well-known as it is would be sold in a top end auction if it were to be sold.
The window and frame sold for $3.5 million in the end, after the starting bid was just $100,000, the buyer was apparently from Oswald’s shooter’s nest at the Texas Schoolbook Depository.
What was even more strange about this auction is that the item was posted on eBay by a local family. I found this strange because I didn’t understand how a local family could of got hold of the window and frame to then be able to sell it on eBay.
After reading the article that I was looking into about the auction I found out that the window of the Dallas building was removed shortly after the assassination because people were stealing bits of it. I still didn’t understand how the local family gained possession of it as if the window was removed because people were trying to steal parts of it, how did the family end up with it?
One of the members of the local family who were selling the item on eBay said he was “offering someone the chance to own a piece of history and included what he called a leather-bound booklet with all the documentation and contracts relating to the window and the frame’s authenticity.”
This confused me even more as I didn’t understand how the local family man managed to own the leather-bound booklet with all the documentation and contracts relating to the window and the frame’s authenticity as well as owning the window and frame.
It is believed that a man from Tennessee bought the building years ago and took the window with him when he left town.
From this I understood how the man may of been in possession of the window and frame but I was still confused about how the man selling the window and frame on eBay owned a leather-bound booklet with all the documentation and contracts relating to the window and the frame’s authenticity as well.
Although I was thinking it at the beginning with it being such a historic item to be placed on eBay these other statements continued to make me think about whether the item on eBay was actually the window and frame from 1963 or just an attempt of a re-made, trying to make a window and frame to look exactly like the 1963 one and then try to sell it off an the 1963 window and frame.
Researching more I found out that one of the members of the local family, Caruth Byrd, whose father owned the Texas School Book Depository building in 1963 was the person who had the window removed several weeks after the assassination due to visitors were stealing pieces of it. This research helped me understand how the local family got hold of the window and frame.
It is said that the window was on display at the elder Byrd’s home until his death in 1986. The younger Byrd lent the window to the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas for 12 years before recently reclaiming it. The Sixth Floor Museum, located in the former book depository building, contains exhibits related to the life, legacy and assassination of President Kennedy.
From this I kind of understood how the local family could of had possession of a leather-bound booklet with all the documentation and contracts relating to the window and the frame’s authenticity as those items could of been some of the exhibits related to JFK in the The Sixth Floor Museum.
However, reading more into the article there’s a sentence at the bottom which says; “Some people question whether the window is authentic, including a Nashville man who bought the building in 1970 and said he took the window with him when he lost the property to foreclosure. Some conspiracy theorists have said the actual window was accidentally removed and later lost”. So with this statement I again wasn’t sure about whether the window and frame being sold on eBay was the actual window and frame or not.
I think this auction on eBay is down to value and judgement, people may want to own this due to the value of it, being linked to JFK and such a historic event and it would be something very iconic to own but then it’s also down to judgement as the bidder would of had to judge whether it was what the person who put it up for auction said it is or not, as eBay can be quite unreliable.