Collector unearths JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald's coffin for $87,000 A JFK-related sale more suited to Halloween than Christmas proved a big success in the US... Someone could find an unusual gift under the Christmas tree on December 25. The simple wooden coffin believed to be Lee Harvey Oswald's final resting place has been sold to a mystery bidder for more than $87,000. The coffin was auctioned by Allen Baumgardner, owner of Baumgardner Funeral Home in Fort Worth, Texas. Bids were apparently taken by telephone and online. Oswald was buried in the box for 18 years following his death at the hands of Jack Ruby in 1963. His body was later dug up in 1981 to disprove theories that Oswald's body wasn't in the coffin (dental records later showed that it was in fact his corpse). The body of Oswald, who's believed to have assassinated President John F Kennedy in 1963, was later relocated from Baumgardner Funeral Home to another cemetery in Fort Worth.