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Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph
A Lee Harvey Oswald autograph was rare for forty five years, but then a batch came out that made the prices turn a little south. We at NateDSanders.com Auctions have been lucky enough to have handled a bunch of Lee Harvey Oswald autograph letters signed and other Lee Harvey Oswald autograph items. Here are the Lee Harvey Oswald autograph items that we have sold with description, picture and price:
Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph Letter Signed 1962
Lee Harvey Oswald autograph letter signed to his brother Robert. Composed in Minsk on 22 May 1962, a mere 18 months before he assassinated President Kennedy. Letter was later used as a Warren Commission exhibit and is discussed in Appendix XIII of the Warren Report. In full: “In case you hear about our coming, or the newspapers hear about it (I hope they won’t), I want to warn you not to make any comment whatsoever about us. none at all!! I know what was said about me when I left the U.S. as Mother sent me some clippings from the newspaper, however I relize that it was just the shock of the news which made you say all those things. however I’ll just remind you again not to make any statements or comments if you are approached by the newspapers between now and the time we actually arrive in the U.S. Hope to see you soon. Love to family. Your Brother / Lee.” 2pp. ink letter measures 6.5″ x 8″ and is composed on stationery picturing a street in Minsk. Accompanied by cover. Minor ink smudging at end of letter, else very good condition. A dark Lee Harvey Oswald autograph. Sold for $15,000.
Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph to Endorse a Check
Lee Harvey Oswald autograph document signed/ endorsed check written by his brother, Robert L. Oswald and cashed just days before entering the U.S. Marine Corps. Although a Marxist, Oswald joined the USMC in October 1956 shortly after his 17th birthday. He idolized his brother and wore Robert’s U.S. Marine ring before entering the service himself. Check reads, “West Side State Bank / Fort Worth, Texas 8 Oct. 1956 / Pay to the Order of Lee H. Oswald / $10.00 / Robert L. Oswald.” Cashed at a Fort Worth 7-Eleven and boldly endorsed with a Lee Harvey Oswald autograph. Lot also includes typed letter signed by Robert Oswald which confirms, “This check was to buy a pistol that my brother Lee Harvey Oswald owned at the time. (Reference Volume 1 page 234 of the Warren Commission Report)” Fine condition. An excellent Lee Harvey Oswald autograph. Sold for $14,688.
Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph Letter Signed to His Mother From Minsk, Russia in Late 1961 — Used by The Warren Commission as Exhibit #312
Lee Harvey Oswald autograph letter signed ”Lee xxx”, used in the Warren Commission’s investigation as exhibit #312. Dated 20 December 1961, letter was sent from Minsk, Russia where Oswald had defected, and is addressed to the assassin’s mother, Mrs. Marguerite Oswald. Uncorrected for Oswald’s characteristic poor spelling, letter reads in full, ”Dear Mother Recieved today the thrid package of books and magazines in the last three weeks thanks a lot I really do apprieciate all of your help. I had better give you my new address they just changed the name of this street so the address is Ulisita Kommset Ulisita Kommunidstecheski House 4 Apt 24. We still don’t have any word about our vista [visa]. The American Embassy in Moscow wrote me a letter [photocopy of the letter, Warren Commission Exhibit No. 241, is included] and stated they think the Russians have to let us go. I shall keep you informed. That’s about all for now, Lee XXX P.S Marina sends her love and thanks for the sewing book.” The photocopy of the 14 December 1961 U.S. Embassy in Moscow letter included reads in part, ”…It is the Embassy’s view that, since you are not considered a Soviet citizen by the authorities in this country, you are entitled to receive a Soviet exit visa upon presentation of valid foreign national passport…It further appears to me that your right to an exit visa will not be affected by your acceptance of an extension of your present Soviet documentation, which is after all, prima facie evidence that you are not regarded here as a Soviet citizen…” Five days after this letter was written, Soviet authorities indeed granted exit visas to Oswald and his wife. From the collection of Dr. John K. Lattimer who was the first nongovernmental medical specialist to review evidence in Kennedy’s assassination. He pencils ”JKL 92 68” at the lower edge of the blank verso of the blank integral leaf. Measures 5.5” x 8” on one sheet of ruled paper. Fine. A nice Lee Harvey Oswald autograph. Sold for $12,500.
Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph Application to Albert Schweitzer College in 1959 — Upon Acceptance to the Swiss College, He at Age 20, Defected to the U.S.S.R.
Lee Harvey Oswald autograph application to Albert Schweitzer College — an application which he used as an elaborate ruse to enter Europe and then defect to the Soviet Union. A self-proclaimed Marxist, Oswald laid his plan for defection under the false pretense of enrolling at Albert Schweitzer College located in Switzerland. Once on the European continent, however, he bypassed Switzerland altogether, making his way to Finland and then onto the U.S.S.R. Application is dated 19 March 1959, with portions filled out by Oswald in his hand, including his full name, his age (20), other languages he spoke (Russian), and his exact address at the time. Signed ”Lee H. Oswald”. Document, measuring 8.25” x 4.5” on one page, has a chip to upper left and a hole at lower left, tape residue along split portions of document and minor creasing. Type and ink remain bold and very legible. Fascinating document providing insight into the man who would throw the nation into mourning less than four years later. Rare version of a Lee Harvey Oswald autograph. Sold for $10,541.
Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph Letter Signed
Lee Harvey Oswald autograph letter signed, written to his mother while in the U.S.S.R. Dated “Feb. 24,” Oswald writes in full “Dear Mother, Well, I suppose you’ve already received our letter about the birth of little June Lee Oswald (not June Marina). She weighed 7 lbs. at birth which was on Feb. 15. Mother and child are doing well, she left the hospital on Feb. 24th. / We will probably wait for a period of two or more months while little June gains weight for her trip to the U.S. I don’t think it is too advisable to leave earlier than May. Our visa’s are good. / How’s everything at your end? O.K.? / The weather is rather cold here yet I guess in Texas it must be pretty hot by now. / Did you get the newspaper clipping I asked you for? / I hope you’re already made out that afidavit [sic] of support for Marina by now, like I asked you. / That’s about all for now. / Love xx Lee / Love from little June and Marina.” Two page letter part of Warren Commission, with “Commission No. 195” sticker on front. On stationery with Soviet building. Very good condition. Nice Lee Harvey Oswald autograph letter signed. Sold for $10,500.
Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph Letter Signed
Lee Harvey Oswald autograph letter signed, “Lee,” one page, 4.75″ x 8″. [Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, California, June 6, 1959]. To his brother, Robert E. Lee Oswald. Marine Corps Air Station El Toro was about 8 miles southeast of Santa Ana, California. It closed in 1999. Original spelling, in full, “Dear Robert, Well, I just got back off a short manuver, to camp Pendelton, The C Rations are still lousy, in case you’ve forgotten. How is that baby and How is Vada? Well, pretty soon I’ll be getting out of the corp and I know what I want to be and how I’m going to be it, which I guess is the most important thing in life. I know I haven’t written in along time please excuse me Well, their really isn’t too much news here, but I would like to hear from you and the family Write Soon Your Brother Lee xxx” . Fine condition. Robert Oswald in his book “Lee: A Portrait of Lee Harvey Oswald by His Brother” (New York: Coward-McCann, 1967), notes that this was the last letter he received from his brother until after he left the Marines. According to his brother, at the time he wrote this letter, he had already planned his trip to Russia. On March 19, 1959, Lee had applied to Albert Schweitzer College in Switzerland for admission to the spring term in 1960; his application was approved. On June 19th, 13 days after writing this letter, he wrote to the college saying he was “looking forward to a fine stay,” enclosing a registration fee of $25. Lee applied for his passport on September 4th stating that he intended to leave the United States for four months on or about September 21st by ship from New Orleans. He stated that the purpose of the trip was to attend Albert Schweitzer College in Switzerland and the University of Turku in Finland, and to visit, as a tourist, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, England, France, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, and Russia. It was not the purpose of his trip, but it was the only way he’d get a passport which was issued on September 10th. After being discharged from the Marines the next day, Lee visited with Robert and his family on September 15th. He then went to New Orleans on September 17th and sailed on the 20th, arriving in Le Harve, France, on October 8, 1959. With no plans to go to Albert Schweitzer College, he left for England that same day, took a plane to Helsinki, Finland, on October 9th, and on October 12th, applied for a visa at the Russian consulate in Helsinki. It was issued on October 14th and on October 16, 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald arrived, by train, in Moscow. An excellent Lee Harvey Oswald autograph letter signed. Sold for $9,768.Very Rare Lee Harvey Oswald Autograph Easter Card to His Brother
Lee Harvey Oswald autograph on his Easter card with a personal inscription to his brother Robert. Verso of card reads, “We wish you all a Happy Easter. Lee and Marina to Robert, Vada / Cathy and Robert Jr.” Note is written entirely in Oswald’s hand. Undated, the card was probably written in April 1962 (the only Easter when Oswald was back in touch with his family after the 1959 defection) and just weeks before his 13 June 1962 arrival back in the United States. Card measures 4″ x 5″. Oswald autographs are rare, and a card like this, to the older brother he idolized, is perhaps one of a kind. Light age toning, otherwise fine. A scarce version of a Lee Harvey Oswald autograph. Sold for $8,072.
Thrilling Handwritten Account of the Capture of Lee Harvey Oswald by the Police Officer Who Arrested Him in the Movie Theater — ”…I grabbed for…the pistol…he pulled the trigger…”
M. Nick McDonald handwritten signed account of his experience arresting Lee Harvey Oswald for murder. Text reads in part, ”…I went to the exit curtains to the left of the movie screen…[Oswald] was at the rear on the main floor, three rows from the partition of the lobby, quietly sitting in the second chair from the right center aisle. He was staring straight ahead watching the movie…a Friday matinee showing of double bill features, ”Cry of Battle” and ”War is Hell”…I made my decision to try an act of diversion. I searched two men seated in the middle…I started walking unhurriedly up the aisle toward him. Slowly, deliberately, I was closing the distance between us….his empty hands were folded in his lap. As he calmly looked up at me, I spoke with a strong voice of authority, ‘Get on your feet’! He realized he had waited too long to make a free and open move of aggression. He stood slowly, as if in slow motion, facing the movie screen, blinking and turning his head to me…I stared into his icy cold, steel blue eyes…Without a command, he started bringing up both hands and in a voice of resignation, he spoke softly, ‘Well, it’s all over now’! I though he was giving up…Suddenly his left hand made a tight fist and it exploded between my eyes…knocked my head back…I felt him pulling a pistol from underneath his shirt…He brought the pistol up to my chest, I grabbed for it with my left hand and grasped his pistol over the cylinder and hammer with all the strength I could muster. I could feel the hammer glide under my hand, as he pulled the trigger…I stood rigid waiting for the bullet to penetrate my chest…I pivoted his pistol to the side and away from my body and realized I was not shot. With a clutched fist, I hot him over his left eye, knocking him into seat. With a lunge of desperation, I fell on top of him to cover him with my body…to smother his movements. I was in a desperate struggle to gain possession of his pistol…I somehow managed to grasp the handle of his pistol with my right hand and jerked it away from him. I shoved the muzzle into his stomach…I pulled the pistol away and handed it to a detective standing in the aisle. I called out to my fellow Officers, ‘I’ve got him!!!!!!’ Officer M. ‘Nick’ McDonald / – Captor of Oswald – / 11-22-63”. Document runs 6pp. on 6 sheets of plain white stationery, measuring 8.5” x 11”. Stapled and creased at the upper left corner. Near fine. Sold for $3,000.
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