"Best Wishes, Martin Luther King Jr."—a stunningly large and beautiful signature of the Civil Rights icon
Amazing large ballpoint signature, “Best Wishes, Martin Luther King Jr.,” on an off-white 9.5 x 11.5 book page. This autograph was presented to producer Hugh Burnett on October 29, 1961, the day he interviewed Rev. King for the BBC television program Face to Face. In very fine condition. Included with this majestic signature, which measures 7″ across and 4″ in height, are four silver gelatin glossy photos, ranging in size from 2.25 x 4 and 8.5 x 6.5, two depicting MLK with Burnett and interviewer John Freeman, and two featuring contact sheet images of artist Feliks Topolski drawing King’s portrait and then another of the finished works, which were created for Burnett and Topolski’s 1964 book Face to Face; a Canadian Pacific Telegram from June 8, 1961, sent to Burnett by Barbara Vesey Brown, alerting him that "Doctor King willing to meet you Tuesday afternoon Montgomery Alabama after court hearing…He staying with Reverend Abernathy”; a typed letter signed by King's secretary, Miss McDonald, sent to Burnett on June 19, 1962, giving consent for the text of his interview to be used in the book, Face to Face; and a first edition copy of the aforementioned book. Without hyperbole or exaggeration, this is among the very nicest and largest signatures of the great Dr. King that we have come across.
Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring Presidents
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