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Thousands of items belonging to Rosa Parks are expected to be sold within the next few months, according to the owner of the New York auction house that serves as middlemen for the civil rights icon's collection.
Arlan Ettinger, founder and president of Guernsey's Auction House, said there are two main contenders vying for the 2000-plus item collection.
Ettinger wouldn't name the parties but said both organisations would be well suited to showcase the multi-million dollar collection for generations to come.
"Either one would be terrific. Without revealing who it is we're speaking with - assuming it goes in one of those directions - the world will not only understand but say 'That's a wonderful direction'."
Representatives of the The Henry Ford have confirmed they have been in touch with the auction house and that communication remains open. But they're unwilling to comment further, said spokesperson Wendy Metros.
Eight years ago, The Henry Ford paid about R4,7million for the bus in which Parks was riding when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in 1955.
The collected works currently for sale include dozens of hats, including the one she wore at the start of the Montgomery bus boycott that sparked the civil rights movement; the Medal of Freedom presented to her by President Bill Clinton; and hundreds of hand-written letters and journal entries. Estimates put the collection's value at between R38million to R96million.
Parks, pictured, died in 2005 in her Detroit apartment aged 92. Her husband, Raymond died in 1977.
The couple had no children. She left most of her estate to the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development, which was co-founded by Elaine Steele. Parks' 13 nieces and nephews contested the will and the two sides were embroiled in legal battles for years. A settlement was reached in February 2007.
Guernsey's was appointed by the Wayne County probate court to handle the sale. Proceeds will go to the institute and the nieces and nephews.
Guernsey's sold artifacts belonging to presidents John F. Kennedy and Franklin Roosevelt as well as documents and objects belonging to Elvis Presley and Princess Diana, and in 1999 sold the 70th home run baseball hit by Mark McGuire for R28million.
Ettinger said he was humbled to be involved with Parks' collection. "This is one of the most significant materials in our history," he said. - Reuters