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1963 Malcolm X Signed Transcript

Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $1,265.00

Historically significant Malcolm X signed page from the original transcript of his very controversial 1963 Playboy interview with Alex Haley. When this article was written, a copy of the interview transcript was provided to Malcolm X to review and sign off on for accuracy. The pages, each signed, were then returned to author Alex Haley. The entire archive was sold and broken up many years ago. These pages are highly prized by collectors for their historical significance and content. Today an occasional example surfaces, and the pages are recognized as among the best documented and significant of all signed Malcolm X items in existence. In this section of the interview, Malcolm X explains the appearance of God to Nation of Islam leader Elijah Mohammed. He has signed at the bottom right of the type-written page, "Malcolm X" ("9"), in blue ballpoint. The signature is clear and bold and the page is perfectly maintained and legible. A powerful figure in the civil rights wars of the 60s, Malcolm X emerged as a militant leader who promoted the concept of racial pride. He was assassinated in February of 1965, but the power of his message and the significance of his work continue to make an everlasting impact on our culture to this day. Alex Haley, who would later pen Roots, brought national attention to Malcolm X's cause with this piece, and he would later use it, along with other interviews, to form his authoritative work The Autobiography of Malcolm X. A magnificently preserved document of tremendous historical significance, signed by one of the Civil Rights Movement's most important figures, Malcolm X. Near Mint condition. LOA from James Spence, Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $1,265.00

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