Mar 01, 2012 - Sale 2271

Sale 2271 - Lot 250

Price Realized: $ 23,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
AN ICONIC IMAGE (CIVIL RIGHTS.) KING, MARTIN LUTHER JR. I AM A MAN. Black-and-white poster on stiff cardboard, 21-1/2x14 inches; a couple of small wrinkles and creases, foot-print of a sneaker, the words "Not A Bitch" written in pencil at the bottom of the poster in the blank white margin, correct printers' union slug at the bottom of the poster. Memphis, 1968

Additional Details

rare. An original poster from the Sanitation Workers strike that drew Martin Luther King, Jr. to Memphis Tennessee the first week of April, 1968. This poster, and one other, "Union Justice Now," were carried during the week prior to the assassination of Dr. King. After April 8, a third poster was printed for the Union, and carried in the continuing strike, led by Coretta Scott King. That one read, "Honor King, End Racism." All three are quite rare. Provenance: This poster/placard was picked up off the street by a member of the consigner's family, the morning following the violent confrontation with a mob and the Memphis sanitation workers on March 28th 1968. The footprint and the slur were on the placard when it was found and are mute testimony to the events leading up to the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., one week later.