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Martin Luther King Jr. letter on Vietnam & more added to Guernsey's auction
A powerful letter from 1966 in which Martin Luther King Jr. speaks of his opposition to the Vietnam War. Estimate $15,000 - $25,000.

NEW YORK, NY.- The auction features 700 lots comprised of cultural and historical documents, manuscripts, African American movies and music, with a focus on the Civil Rights movement. Three exciting new items were just added to the block including:

• A powerful letter from 1966 in which Martin Luther King Jr. speaks of his opposition to the Vietnam War stating that it is his “deep belief that every citizen of this country should speak out against this intolerable war…not only is the war reprehensible on moral grounds, but practically, it is draining billions of dollars from urgently needed federal assistance programs for our own citizens, black and white…I encourage you to speak out.” Est. $15,000 - $25,000

• The legendary wooden upright piano from the iconic Motown Records Recording Studios which was used in recording sessions by many of the era's greatest musicians: Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, and David Ruffin, to name a few. It is also believed to be featured on multiple recordings, one of the most famous being Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On."” Est. $20,000 - $30,000

• A large banner featuring an airbrush portrait of Rosa Parks that was painted by artist Queen Bee on a sheet for the funeral of Rosa Parks on November 2, 2005 where it was signed by hundreds. Luminaries such as the Revs. Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Joseph Lowery, along with former President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton; Michigan Rep. John Conyers; Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan; and singer Aretha Franklin, were all in attendance. Est. $15,000 - $20,000

The auction also features Rosa Parks’ Detroit house and a letter from her about meeting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as The Jackson 5’s first record professional recording contract, signed between their father, Joe Jackson, and Steeltown Records, Malcolm X’s autobiography, as told to Alex Haley, with “lost chapters” and jazz legend Art Tatum’s Steinway Grand Piano and his vintage Bulova watch, gifted by Frank Sinatra.

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