COLLECTION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. TO RETURN TO ATLANTA - Collection acquired by Morehouse College,
the Alma Mater of Dr. King ---Sotheby's exhibition continues through June 29--
--June 30th Auction cancelled -
News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - June 23, 2006 - Morehouse College, the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., has acquired The Collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for an undisclosed amount in advance of the auction scheduled for June 30th, Sotheby's confirmed this evening. "It is great that Atlanta is embracing its own history" said Mayor Shirley Franklin of Atlanta.
"Sotheby's is thrilled that the papers of Dr. King, one of the greatest world leaders, are going to the city he called home" said David Redden, Vice Chairman of Sotheby's. "This historic archive is of extraordinary significance and the King Estate and Sotheby's had hoped - and worked hard to ensure -- that its disposition would permit access to the public and to scholars. This has now been achieved."
"Dexter King, CEO of The King Estate, has asked Sotheby's to allow the public exhibition at Sotheby's to continue until June 29th and we have agreed with pleasure," continued Mr. Redden. "Mayor Shirley Franklin plans on visiting Sotheby's later next week and we very much look forward to welcoming her here and to showing her around the exhibition. We know she joins us in urging everyone who can, to see it while it is at Sotheby's in New York."
"This is a wonderful outcome for this Collection" said Dexter King. "I know my mother would have been happy to see the Collection housed permanently in Atlanta, which always meant so much to her and to our family."
The Collection of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. contains more than 10,000 manuscripts and books and includes more than 7,000 items in Dr. King's hand. It ranges from a college examination on the Bible from 1946, Dr. King's earliest surviving theological writing, to his Nobel Peace Prize lecture of 1964, to papers Dr. King was working on just prior to his assassination in 1968. The Collection will be on exhibition at Sotheby's in New York every day until June 29th.