Martin Luther King Jr.'s papers sell for more than $130K at auction
Dorothy Height, right, National President of the National Council of Negro Women and Director of the center for Racial Justice of the national YWCA, listens as the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., gestures during his "I Have a Dream" speech as he addresses thousands of civil rights supporters gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1963. (AP Photo)
Published Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:54PM EDT
NEW YORK -- Papers from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including speech outlines and letters, have brought in more than $130,000 at auction in New York City.
They were put up for sale Thursday by Maude Ballou, King's secretary from the late 1950s, through the New York office of Texas-based Heritage Auctions.
A series of handwritten notes outlining one of King's speeches was the top lot. It has sold for $31,250.
Two letters King wrote to Ballou from India sold for $18,750 and $17,500. More than 100 items were up for auction.
The prices include a 25 per cent commission.
Ballou, of Ridgeland, Miss., will use part of the proceeds to establish an education fund at Alabama State University.