John Reznikoff has sold George Washington’s hair. He’s auctioned artifacts from Abraham Lincoln, Napoleon Bonaparte and Albert Einstein.
Now up for grabs: a piece of leather from the limousine President Kennedy was riding in when he was killed.
But not just any leather. This one has blood stains — JFK’s actual DNA, Reznikoff says.
He should know. As founder and president of University Archives — the Richmondville Avenue auction house specializing in historical relics and documents — he’s one of the world’s foremost authenticators of this stuff.
Reznikoff’s clients include the U. S. Justice Department, FBI, state law enforcement, and the largest rare book dealers in the world.
So when he says this swatch of leather is the real deal: Believe him.
Of course, you’re not exactly buying the entire seat.
Reznikoff said he bought a small bit of the leather years ago. He cut it into even smaller pieces — less than an inch square.
Most have already been sold. Now he’s putting one more up for bid.
“Any blood relic, by its nature, some people are a little squeamish about it,” Reznikoff told NBC5DFW.com, the TV station and website in Dallas — the city where Kennedy was assassinated.
“Unfortunately, part of our history isn’t necessarily so rosy. There’s a lot of violence in the history of America, and every country for that matter.”
Though this auction is for just a tiny piece of leather, it’s not Reznikoff’s first foray into JFK’s blood-stained death.
In 2003, he sold the white Lincoln Continental convertible that the president rode in the morning of November 22, 1963. The trip was from his Fort Worth hotel, to the airport for Dallas.
It was the last car he got out of alive.
(For the full NBC5DFW story, click here. Hat tips: Bart Shuldman and William Strittmatter.)