King collectibles set for auction

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“To be candid,” Redden said, “the passing of Mrs. King did require that the estate put their affairs in order.” The papers span from 1946 to 1968, the most important years of King’s life. They include 7,000 handwritten items, including his early Alabama sermons and a draft of the speech, “I Have a Dream,” which he delivered Aug. 28, 1963, at the massive March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. King’s personal library of approximately 1,000 volumes is also part of the compendium as well as 800 index cards from his days as a graduate student. On the cards, he wrote facts, aphorisms and biblical quotes. The entire collection will be on public view June 21-29 in anticipation of the sale on June 30. Historians believe it is one of the greatest American archives of the 20th century in private hands and reveals a fuller portrait of King, the Nobel Prize winner who led the Civil Rights movement, helped dismantle segregation and was gunned down in 1968. NEW YORK – For years, Sotheby’s auction house has tried to sell the papers, manuscripts and personal library of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. But previous negotiations with various institutions came to naught, including a private sale in 2003 that was called off. Now, on June 30, Sotheby’s will auction the King collection, hoping that an institution will step forward and pay $15 million to $30 million for the lot of more than 10,000 items. “It does set a challenge for American institutions to decide whether or not they want to save and preserve the King legacy for posterity,” said David Redden, Sotheby’s vice chairman. The money will go to the financially strapped King estate. Redden said the death of Coretta Scott King earlier this year helped speed up the decision to hold an auction. last_img