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From the NY Daily News:

Buy the gun that killed JFK assassin



Friday, February 29th 2008, 4:47 AM

Thing from the Addams Family movies and the hat belonging to the Wicked Witch of the West in 'The Wizard of Oz.' Warga/News

Thing from the Addams Family movies and the hat belonging to the Wicked Witch of the West in 'The Wizard of Oz.'

Superman is there, so is "The Godfather" - and John F. Kennedy, Jack Ruby, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe and Houdini.

They - or at least things they used - are included in a strange amalgam of movie props and historical objects in what's being touted as the greatest postwar collection of pop culture ever to go to auction.

The collection of hats, clothes, guns and knickknacks big and small, come from the vault of a New Jersey collector and are worth at least $5 million, says Guernsey's auction house in New York.

The outfit showcased the items yesterday; they'll be auctioned March 15 and 16.

While the auction includes John Lennon's "Imagine" jacket, Superman's movie outfit and Madonna's "Like a Virgin" wedding dress, not to mention Houdini's straitjacket, the star is Jack Ruby.

He was the Dallas girlie-show promoter who shot JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald on national television two days after Kennedy was murdered in Dallas in November 1963.

Ruby's .38-caliber Colt Cobra, owned by Earl Ruby, Jack's brother and executor of his estate, was sold in 1991. It ended up in the possession of Jersey supermarket developer Anthony Pugliese.

"The most famous gun in the world," said Guernsey's president, Arlan Ettinger. The auction house would not release a price estimate; potential buyers will have to ask.

The evidence tag for Ruby's gun can be had for $25,000; his leg chains for $5,000 to $10,000; a Ruby prison letter is expected to fetch $25,000 to $30,000; his gray hat $25,000 to $50,000 and the Florsheim wingtips he wore that day are expected to go for $7,500 to $10,000.

"Many Americans have wondered what it would be like to walk in the shoes of men like Jack Ruby," the catalogue states, tongue planted firmly in cheek.

The auction will be held in Las Vegas, but items can be bought online.



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Guest Tom Scully

One result of the interrogations of LHO is that he denied he had resided at the Neely St., Dallas, location where the backyard photos of him posing with a rifle, pistol and commie publications were taken. In one of life's little ironies, the man who claimed he was LHO's landlord on Neely St., was employed by a man whose son later married the daughter of the judge who ruled for the return of the revolver that killed LHO to the estate of Jack Ruby.

Investigators never bothered to retain or make copies of the proof the Neely St. landlord allegedly provided of his dealings with LHO.


Probate Judge Robert E. Price sums up his career...

...He presided over the trial to determine ownership of the gun with which Jack Ruby killed Lee Harvey Oswald, and the case naturally drew considerable media attention. Both Ruby's heirs and the executor of Ruby's estate claimed the gun. Court TV, then in its infancy, expected a case of wide general interest and planned to televise the trial. The Judge recalled with some amusement that, unfortunately for the fledgling network, the testimony ended up being �too boring� to warrant national television coverage....


Dallas Morning News, The : CONGRATULATIONS

$2.95 - Dallas Morning News - Nov 24, 2004

Rosebud Manning homecoming queen Boulder High School... at Austin in 2005 She is the granddaughter of Judge Robert E Price and the late Ann Hodges Price and Mary Jean Manning and the late Robert L Manning all .


....The following affidavit was executed by M. Waldo George on June 12, 1964. ... I am the office manager of Tucker Manning Insurance Company. I am the owner of the premises at 214 Neeley Street, Dallas, Texas,


The Dallas Morning News: Rites set for Robert L. Manning

$2.95 - Dallas Morning News - Jul 29, 1993

He returned to Dallas and became coowner of Tucker Manning Insurance

Survivors include his wife Mary Jean Manning two daughters Nancy Carter and Peggy Meyer four sons Robert L Manning Sam Bladgen Manning William Patterson ..

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