Monday, December 8, 2008

Sotheby's to auction Martin Luther King papers

Singer Harry Belafonte will auction off two handwritten possessions given to him by Martin Luther King Jr., including scribbled notes for a speech never given.

(AP) -
An original hand-written outline for Martin Luther King Jr.'s first speech condemning the Vietnam War owned by his friend Harry Belafonte are going on the auction block this week.

Sotheby's will offer the document for sale Thursday along with two others: the scribbled notes for a speech Mr. King planned to deliver in Memphis, Tenn., three days after he was assassinated and a letter of condolence from President Lyndon B. Johnson to Mr. King's widow.

The auction house put the overall presale estimate for the three documents at $750,000 to $1.1 million, with the Vietnam speech valued at $500,000 to $800,000.

Mr. Belafonte, a singer and actor, was an early disciple of Mr. King and served as host during Mr. King's visits to New York dating from the mid-1950s.

SOURCE: Associated Press

1 comment:

Keisha Kornbread said...

I hope the sale goes well and for a huge profit. With the current state of the econmomy, art and the like are usually what people decide to go without and are less willinging to spend more on. It will be interesting to see what happens with Sothesby's.