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Draft of King speech up for sale

New York, Aug. 27 (Reuters): The archive of US civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., including a draft of his famed “I Have a Dream” speech, are being exhibited in New York and offered for sale at about $30 million.

The archive from the King family’s home and the King Centre in Atlanta is on show at Sotheby’s auction house in New York until September 8. The estate of the assassinated civil rights leader is selling materials from 1948 till his death in 1968 en masse as a private sale.

No deadline has been set for the sale.

Sotheby’s officials said they are looking for a buyer that will exhibit the materials and keep the collection in one piece but did not specify why the family was selling it.

The collection, made up of over 7,000 items, is valued at about $30 million by Sotheby’s, which hopes the sale will attract universities, libraries or museums.

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