Guernsey's African American Historic & Cultural Treasures Auction

by James McClune

On July 25th and 26th the New York City auction house Guernsey's will be holding auctions focusing on the Civil Rights movement. For 43 years Guernsey's has built up the reputation of hosting sales of the most insane properties, including the largest auction in history (the ocean liner S.S. United States). This auction will feature movies, music and historical treasures from Rosa Parks, Michael Jackson, Martin Luther King Jr., and Malcolm X. One of the highlights from the long list of valuable Historic and Cultural items is Rosa Parks former Detroit home. For a while, there were legal issues with the house, before being moved to Berlin for reconstruction and then traveling around the globe. 

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The following items will also be for sale: A handwritten letter by Rosa Parks from 1955 detailing her first meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., just months before her she changed the course of history by refusing to give up her bus seat. The manuscript for Malcolm X's biography as told to Alex Haley with “lost chapters” that were too controversial to include at the time. The first record contract ever signed between the Jackson 5 "dadager" Joe Jackson and Steeltown Records, who gave them their start in the music biz. Jazz legend Art Tatum's Steinway Grand Piano and his vintage Bulova wrist watch, inscribed to the pianist and given to him by none other than Frank Sinatra.

Written by James McClune