Martin Luther King Collectibles And Memorabilia

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Martin Luther King Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the black political leader and civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr.

Brief history/biography

Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15th, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, and was an African-American civil rights leader and activist, Baptist minister, American clergymen, and an icon of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1960s.

King's most famous speech during his lifetime (which is now commonly referred to as the "I Have a Dream" speech) occurred in Washington in March of 1963, and was an event which helped catapult his reputation as being an iconic figure of the African-American civil rights movement in the United States.

Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4th, 1968 while standing on the balcony of his motel room in Memphis, Tennessee.

Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded with a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and was posthumously awarded with a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1997 as well as a Congressional Gold Medal in 2004. In 1986 it was announced that each year the third Monday of January would officially become "Martin Luther King Jr. Day" and a U.S. federal holiday.

Types of memorabilia

Photographs

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a signed photograph of Martin Luther King Jr. and Lawrence Spivak on the set of Meet the Press (circa 1960) for $8,000 in June of 2010.

Artwork

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold a Martin Luther King Jr. portrait by artist Pan Xing Lei for $24,000 in September of 2006.

Christie's in New York sold a Martin Luther King Jr. portrait by Zoe Leonard for $6,250 in October of 2009.

Treadway Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio sold Richard Howard Hunt's maquette titled "I Have Been to the Mountain," (a reference to Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous last speech in 1968), for $7,000 in May of 2008.

Documents

Christie's in New York sold a typed letter signed "Martin L. King, Jr." (circa 1964) for $6,325 in June of 1999, a signed typescript letter between Martin Luther King Jr. and Marlon Brando (circa 1959) for $13,200 in June of 2005, and another type letter signed "Martin L. King, Jr." (circa 1958) for $13,145 in June of 2003.

Sotheby's in New York sold a letter from Martin Luther King Jr. to Ashe and Winnie Mandela (circa 1968) for $9,600 in June of 2005.

Bonhams in San Francisco and Los Angeles sold a letter between John Steinbeck and Martin Luther King Jr. referencing the African-American civil rights movement (circa 1964) for $11,950 February 2006.

Books

Christie's in New York sold a rare copy of Martin Luther King Jr.'s best-selling book "Why Can't We Wait" which was also inscribed by King to James Farmer, the co-founder of the Congress of Racial Equality for $10,755 in December of 2003.

Signature House in Upland, California sold a signed first printing of Martin Luther King Jr's first book "Stride Toward Freedom" for $6,500 in October of 2008.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was once signed by Martin Luther King Jr. is considered to be extremely rare and valuable, as well as memorabilia that references a famous Martin Luther King Jr. speech as well.

Restoration of an authentic photograph, artwork or book that has been signed by Martin Luther King Jr. is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Martin Luther King Jr. memorabilia, visit www.kingian.net, www.thekingcenter.org and www.dedicatethedream.org.

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