The iconic white hearse that carried the body of President John F. Kennedy after his assassination in 1963 is being put up for auction during a high-profile collectible car sale in Arizona this weekend.
In the hours after John F. Kennedy was assassinated, his body was driven three miles from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Dallas Love Field and Air Force One.
The Arizona Republic reports that the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction held in Scottsdale this weekend will include several other vehicles from famous historical figures and celebrities.
"We'll see what it's really worth," said Barrett-Jackson Auction Co. Chairman Craig Jackson.
The 1964 Cadillac is reportedly in mint condition, with only 47,818 miles on its engine. It was recently put up for sale on eBay and fetched bids upward of $900,000. However, the seller had a minimum asking price of $1,000,000. There will be no reserve bid for the car this weekend.
Famous historical cars are a familiar feature at the Barrett-Jackson auction. In recent years, they have sold vehicles connected to Howard Hughes ($1.62 million) and John Dillinger ($165,000).
They even recently sold an ambulance supposedly connected to the Kennedy assassination whose authenticity remains in doubt. And while there is no doubt about the authenticity of the Kennedy hearse, at least one expert doubts how much money the auction will actually bring in.
"There is no question about the authenticity of this vehicle," said Robert Shepard, president of the Golden State Chapter of the Professional Car Society. However, Shepard added, "There is nothing positive associated with this car," as well. "It's a negative to begin with, and it's a hearse, even if its place in history is well-documented."
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