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Agreement Reached on Malcolm X Collection

January 08, 2003|From Reuters

NEW YORK — The largest known collection of personal writings by the slain black militant leader Malcolm X, which was almost sold at auction last year, will be housed at a research center for black culture here.

Two of Malcolm X's six daughters announced an agreement Tuesday to place the collection -- which includes Malcolm X's personal Koran -- at the New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

The agreement ends a legal battle to stop a sale of the collection.

The family reached a deal to stop the sale with an anonymous individual, who bought the collection from a public storage facility in Florida, and the online auction house eBay Inc. and eBay's Butterfields auction house, which had been consigned to handle the sale.

Joe Fleming, the attorney for the family and estate of Malcolm X and his late wife, Betty Shabazz, declined to detail terms, but the collection had been estimated to fetch $300,000 to $500,000 at auction.

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