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Oswald’s sniper perch fails to sell in auction

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DALLAS (AP) — The auction of a window advertised as Lee Harvey Oswald's sniper perch in the killing of President John F. Kennedy brought a bid of about $3 million, but the sale quickly fell through.

The window was up for auction Friday on eBay with a starting price of $100,000, and bidding quickly rose to seven figures. But 32 bids were either retracted by the bidders— normally because a wrong price had been entered, including one for $17 million — or canceled by the seller because a bidder didn't meet qualifications.

Then, it turned out that the winning bidder "didn't have the cash," said Fred McLane, a business representative for owner Caruth Byrd. "This guy slipped into the bidding in the last minute," he told The Dallas Morning News.

Byrd's father, D. Harold Byrd, owned the Texas School Book Depository building when Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. Weeks after the assassination, the elder Byrd ordered employees to remove the window, and he kept it in his home until his death in 1986.