Online casino buys bathtub linked to King slaying

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - An online casino has bought the boarding house bathtub James Earl Ray stood in when he shot Martin Luther King Junior in Memphis.

Golden Palace bought it for $7,600 from D'Army Bailey, a Memphis judge.

The ten-day auction began March 20th and ended this afternoon. Golden Palace has gained notoriety for stunts such as buying advertising space on a pregnant woman's belly and purchasing a piece of firewood with an image resembling the Virgin Mary on it.

Its Web site today touted its purchase of four toilets formerly owned by late Grateful Dead musician Jerry Garcia.

Bailey said he has been assured Golden Palace will treat the tub with sensitivity for its historical significance.

Ray stood in the tub in April 1968 when he shot and killed King who was on a balcony of the Lorraine Motel.

Bailey, one of the founders of the National Civil Rights Museum on the site of King's death, said he got the tub in 1983.

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