MLK Papers: King Family Halts Sale
Famous auction house Sotheby's received word today to stop the sale of three letters penned by or about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., after the King family claimed the documents are part of their estate property, according to the Associated Press. Actor Harry Belafonte was given the papers by Dr. King (or Mrs. King) and was working with Sotheby's in the sale when word that the letters are a part of a wrongly acquired collection became apparent. Belafonte is cooperating with the King estate to establish the legitimacy of their claim. The collection was said to have a value between $750,000 to $1.3 million for which Belafonte said could help fund "...causes I believe in for which resources are not available, and there is a need to redistribute those resources."