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Rosa Parks' Detroit home she lived at after fleeing the south, original Jackson Five recording contract and letter written by MLK will be auctioned in New York

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 25/07/2018 Minyvonne Burke

Rosa Parks holding a sign: Parks was a Civil Rights activist. She is pictured in her booking photo taken at the time of her arrest for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Parks was a Civil Rights activist. She is pictured in her booking photo taken at the time of her arrest for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger The Detroit home Rosa Parks sought shelter at after she was forced to flee the South  in the 1950s will be auctioned in New York City along with hundreds of other items from the Civil Rights-era. 

The tiny, two-story home will be among nearly 700 items Guernsey’s will have available on Wednesday and Thursday for its African American Historic & Cultural Treasures auction. 

  a house with trees in the background: The house Rosa Parks' stayed at in Detroit after she fled the South will be auctioned in New York for a starting price of one million dollars © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The house Rosa Parks' stayed at in Detroit after she fled the South will be auctioned in New York for a starting price of one million dollars Parks' home is part of an auction that will feature hundreds of items related to African American history and the Civil Rights Movement. 

a bedroom with a bed in a small room: Rosa Parks' house door previewed by Guernsey's Auction house on July 24, 2018 in New York

Rosa Parks' house door previewed by Guernsey's Auction house on July 24, 2018 in New York
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Parks, known as the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement, moved into her brother's Detroit home in 1957, two years after she refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama and fled the area over death and jail threats.  

Her relatives say Parks stayed at the Detroit home with 17 of her other relatives.

The historic home also includes ceramic sculptures of furniture that was in the house when Parks lived there. Asking price for the home starts at $1million. 

According to Guernsey’s, proceeds from the sale will be split between Parks' family and artist Ryan Mendoza who helped save the house when it was going to be demolished and rebuilt it in his yard turning it into a work of art.

In addition to Parks' home, Guernsey’s will auction hundreds of other Civil Rights-era items including a letter she wrote in 1955 when she first met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr at a church in Montgomery. 

a close up of a computer: Nat King Cole signed contract information previewed by Guernsey's Auction house on July 24

Nat King Cole signed contract information previewed by Guernsey's Auction house on July 24
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Parks wrote in her letter that King was a guest preacher at the Montgomery Branch NAHCP held at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church. 

'We spoke to each other without introducing ourselves. I was busy getting chairs placed at the tables to open the meeting,' she said in the two-page letter, later adding: 'I was amazed and astonished at the youthful appearance and the profound and eloquent speech delivered by Rev. MLK Jr. I knew I would never forget him.'

Other items include a letter King wrote opposing the Vietnam War saying that it his ‘deep belief that every citizen of this country should speak out against this intolerable war'. 

Guernsey’s will also auction a Malcolm X autobiography which includes notes by Malcolm X and author Alex Haley.  

a close up of a device: A book cover page of ''The American Negro'' by J.S. Allen previewed by Guernsey's Auction in New York

A book cover page of ''The American Negro'' by J.S. Allen previewed by Guernsey's Auction in New York
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 A piano from Motown Records recording studio will also be up for grabs, as well as Parks' notes on the Graetz bombing and original score sheets from songs such as Overture II by the Supremes and Ball of Confusion by the Temptations.

A Rosa Parks funeral banner created by artist Queen Bee and signed by some of the hundreds of people who attended her funeral will also be auctioned. 

Jazz musician Art Tatum’s Steinway Grand piano and a watch given to him by Frank Sinatra will also be on display for auction, as well as the original Steel Town recording contract signed in November 1967 by Joe Jackson. The contract was the first time the Jackson Five were signed to a major label. 

The auction will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the George F Baker Mansion on Park Avenue in New York. 

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