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JFK hearse to be auctioned

By Michael Martinez, CNN
updated 4:06 PM EST, Sat January 21, 2012
This 1964-model Cadillac hearse carried President John F. Kennedy's body and casket after he was killed.
This 1964-model Cadillac hearse carried President John F. Kennedy's body and casket after he was killed.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The 1964-model Cadillac hearse transported Kennedy's casket after his assassination
  • First lady Jacqueline Kennedy was a passenger in the car
  • The car was built for display at a funeral home convention in Dallas in October 1963
  • Kennedy was fatally shot in November 1963

(CNN) -- The 1964-model Cadillac hearse that carried President John F. Kennedy's body and casket after his assassination is to be auctioned Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona, the auctioneer's representatives said.

Following his 1963 assassination in Dallas, the white hearse carried Kennedy's body from Parkland Memorial Hospital to Love Field, where Air Force One was waiting to transport the casket to Washington. First lady Jacqueline Kennedy was a passenger in the car during the ride, auctioneer Barrett-Jackson Auction Company said.

The car, which has a green-and-white interior, was built for display as a new model year introduction at the National Funeral Home Directors Association Convention in Dallas in October 1963. The O'Neal Funeral Home in Dallas bought it at the close of the convention. The car is listed as having eight cylinders and a four-speed automatic transmission.

Kennedy was slain on November 22, 1963.

The funeral home had the contract with Parkland for both the hearse and ambulance service, and it provided the casket and hearse for the drive from the hospital, where Kennedy was pronounced dead, the auction house said.

The O'Neal Funeral Home owned the hearse until the late 1960s when Arrdeen Vaughan, believed to be an employee, bought it. Vaughan sold it more than four decades later to its current and third owner, whose name wasn't disclosed.

The hearse driver who transported Kennedy's casket, Aubrey Rike, died in 2010, the auction firm said.

"It's an honor to be able to offer a vehicle of this stature," Barrett-Jackson Auction Company Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson said in a statement. "While its duty was solemn, it was also extremely important and played a crucial role in transporting the president so he could be laid to rest."

"The eyes of the world were on this car on that unforgettable day in American history," Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson, said in a statement.

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