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Dr. Death’s Suicide Van Up for Auction

Though eBay pulls sale of Kevorkian’s ’68 VW, Kruse sets sale for mid-May.

by on Apr.28, 2010

Though eBay cancelled the bidding on Dr. Jack Kevorkian's '68 VW Westphalia, the "suicide van" will be offered by Kruse Auctions, next month.

Looking to buy a piece of history?  Here’s a chance to buy a rather macabre one: the 1968 Volkswagen van used by “Dr. Death,” Jack Kevorkian, in several of his controversial assisted suicides.

Preliminary bidding reached $3,400, but you’ll have to work a little harder to get the VW Westfalia camper, as eBay has pulled the auction from its site because, it told the Associated Press, it “does not allow the sale of items closely associated with notorious murderers within the last 100 years.”

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After several acquittals, Michigan-based Kevorkian was ultimately convicted, in 1998, for his role in the death of a 52-year-old man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease.  Dr. Death, as he became known, claims he assisted in the suicides of 130 people during the eight years before that.