Jack Ruby's Gun to be Auctioned in Las Vegas
Anthony Pugliese is auctioning off his collection at the Palms Casino Resort to raise funds for Destiny, the nation's largest eco-sustainable community currently being created in Flordia.
Jack Ruby's gun is just one of the items, but other memorabilia that is drawing a lot of attention is props and costumes from Charlton Heston's film The Ten Commandments.
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Anthony Pugliese III paid $200,000 for the gun at an auction in 1991. He won't divulge his minimum price but will say it is more than $1 million.
The Pugliese Pop Culture Collection will go on the auction block March 15-16 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The Florida real estate developer says he's selling the gun to raise money to build a 64-square-mile bio-sustainable city in central Florida.
Ruby was a Dallas nightclub owner. He purchased the gun in 1960 for $62.50, and used it three years later to kill Oswald.
Jacob Rubenstein (March 25, 1911 – January 3, 1967), who legally changed his name to Jack Leon Ruby in 1947, was an American businessman and nightclub owner from Dallas, Texas. He was convicted on March 14, 1964 for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald on November 24, 1963, two days after Oswald was arrested for the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He successfully appealed his conviction and sentence of death. As a date for his new trial was being set, he became ill and died.
The Ten Commandments is a 1956 Academy Award-winning motion picture dramatizing the Biblical story of Moses, an Egyptian prince-turned deliverer of the Hebrew slaves. It was released by Paramount Pictures in VistaVision on October 5, 1956. It was directed by Cecil B. DeMille and starred Charlton Heston in the lead role. Co-stars included Yul Brynner as his adoptive brother, Pharaoh Rameses II, Anne Baxter as Nefretiri, John Derek as Joshua, Edward G. Robinson as Dathan, Yvonne De Carlo as Sephora, Cedric Hardwicke as Pharaoh Seti I, Vincent Price as Baka, and John Carradine as Aaron. Heston also provided the voice of God uncredited.