Offering a comprehensive collection spanning 400 years of black history including items from Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Tupac Shakur, Muhammad Ali, Phyllis Wheatley, and others spanning four centuries.
Alexander Historical Auctions will hold an important auction of hundreds of items representing historic African-American individuals and events, their first “Black Heritage Auction”, on April 7th at the Dumbo Loft located at 155 Water Street in Brooklyn, New York.
Notable items include a bullet-struck gold medallion worn by hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur at the time of his fatal shooting in 1996, along with a hand written lyric sheet of the platinum hit “All Eyez on Me”, with a large selection of the artist’s handwritten lyrics in progress, notes, and musings.
Many other musical artists will be represented, including an especially rare document signed by Chris Wallace (Notorious B.I.G.), Charlie Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Duke Ellington, John Coltrane, Josephine Baker, Louis Armstrong, and more.
Also to be offered will be important items signed by historical leaders including Barack Obama, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Frederick Douglass, Nelson Mandela, and Toussaint L’Ouverture, along with items of cultural importance, including a pair of used boxing gloves owned by Muhammad Ali, personal items from the estates of Ray Charles and James Brown, original sketches by Miles Davis, a signed photo of Joe Louis, an excessively rare 1773 first edition of Phyllis Wheatley’s only published book of poetry, and much more.
The Black Heritage Auction is being hosted by Hip Hop legend Doug E. Fresh who is also co-producing the event with entrepreneur and philanthropist Paxton Baker.
“We are proud of the pieces up for auction at this premier sale. We have several very important pieces from Tupac Shakur and with his induction into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame taking place on the same day, the timing couldn’t be more perfect” says Baker. In further celebration of Tupac’s legacy, Demetrius Shipp, the actor who portrays Shakur in the upcoming feature film, “All Eyez on Me” will be in attendance, as well as other cast members.
“We have an actual bronze cast of Ali’s fists that I’m so excited about,” Baker says. “It’s a little known fact that Muhammad Ali painted and drew over a hundred works of art during his lifetime and we have a limited number of lithographs, photographs and boxing gloves signed by the champion.”
“Our solicited collectors are individuals that sincerely cherish black culture. Their interest and participation will make this a monumental occasion.”
Proceeds are expected to reach record numbers.