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Sale 2441 also featured "the strongest selection of Civil Rights material we've offered," according to Wyatt Day. Lot 256, an archive of documents relating to the formation of the Montgomery Improvement Association, included checks endorsed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Association's archive is rich in detail with hundreds of pieces, shedding light on this seminal community movement, which heralded the beginning of the modern civil rights struggle. Lot 256 had a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 - $30,000, and it sold for $18,750 with Buyer's Premium.
|Lot 260, Draft of Letter from Birmingham Jail. Photo: Swann Auction Galleries|
Half of the top selling lots were institutional purchases, including a rare working draft (Lot 260) of Dr. Martin Luther King's famous Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963; and a West African cast
|Lot 5, Kuduo. Photograph: Swann Auction Galleries|
|Lot 83, Photograph: Swann Auction Galleries|
|Lot 150, Photograph: Swann Auction Galleries|
Lot 382: Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were
|Lot 382, Photograph: Swann Auction Galleries|
Look for the next sale of Printed and Manuscript African Americana at Swann Galleries in Spring 2018. For more information, or to cosign works to future auctions, contact David Rivera with consignment inquiries. The Printed and Manuscript African Americana Department at Swann Galleries, the only one of its kind, has been holding sales since 1996.