Lot 191: Exceptional magazine cover from Time's 'Man of the Year' magazine featuring a distinguished image of King, January 3, 1964, 8.25 x 11, signed and inscribed in blue ballpoint, "To my Friend, Chuck Stone, With Best Wishes and Warm Personal Regards, Martin Luther King, Jr." Double-matted and framed to an overall size of 15.5 x 18. The cover is taped to its original back cover with thin strips of tape to the center of each border, and the back cover has been permanently affixed to the mat. In very good condition, with noticeable rubbing to upper left, creasing and chipping to edges, and aforementioned tape to borders. None of this detracts from the overall presentability of this spectacular piece. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. A desirable example with the typically seen obstructing mailing label not present.
Additionally accompanied by a 2010 letter of provenance from Chuck Stone's wife Louise Davis Stone, reading in part: "Chuck called Martin and said, 'you are on the cover of Time magazine,' 'Please autograph the cover.' MLK said, 'well, if I am the cover, maybe you will come work for me.' Background: MLK had previously asked Chuck to work for him but Chuck declined because Chuck did not feel that he is non-violent. End of the story, Chuck mailed the cover to him and he autographed it and returned to Chuck."
The recipient of this gift—a seldom-seen signed image of King—was famed newspaper editor, columnist, journalism professor, and activist Chuck Stone. In 1967, Dr. King asked Stone to become the executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Stone declined due to their philosophical differences and his hesitancy to move back to the South. He did later serve as the house advisor for the Martin Luther King Humanities House at the University of Delaware from 1986 to 1988. This piece is a one-of-a-kind treasure personally given by King to a close friend, colleague and legend.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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