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Slain President Kennedy's Hearse Goes Up for Auction at Barrett-Jackson

By Joel Arellano | January 18, 2012
The hearse that carried the body of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy will be up for auction this week. Desert Autosport is representing the current owner of the hearse, who wishes to remain anonymous. The model year 1964 Cadillac hearse was built by Ohio-based Miller-Meter Co. and was a show car at the 1963 National Funeral Directors Association convention. Funeral home director Vernon O'Neal purchased the hearse shortly afterwards where it made history as the transport that took one of America's most beloved presidents from Parkland Memorial to Love Field Airport where the body was flown to Washington, D.C. Arrdeen Vaughn, a hearse dealer, later purchased the 1964 Cadillac hearse and restored it. He put it on auction in 2007 for an asking price of $1 million, then up again in 2009. The hearse was briefly on eBay for $1.5 million as well. Currently, there is no minimum starting bid at this week's auction reports Barrett-Jackson. The current owner says they have all the proper paperwork authenticating the hearse and title to it: "It is titled to us and we have copies of the previous titles." Source: Los Angeles Times
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