It's the same for Parks and Malcolm X.
Because of infighting, a trove of Parks memorabilia — unseen writings from a young Parks, mementos from world leaders who honored her, and family artifacts — sits unsold at Guernsey's auction house in New York, waiting for a buyer.
Guernsey's can't sell the material piecemeal because, after much legal wrangling, a judge ordered it sold together. No museum, foundation or private collector has met the $10 million price for the entire collection, said Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey's.
Last year, the family of Malcolm X successfully blocked Chicago-based Third World Press from publishing diaries from his pilgrimage to Mecca and his travels across the Middle East and Africa in 1964.
Matthew D. Brinckerhoff, lawyer for Third World Press, said in court papers that the publisher has a signed contract from one of Malcolm X's six daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz, making her siblings' complaints moot.
The company created by the activists' children, X Legacy LLC, indicated in court papers that it plans to publish the diaries to coincide with next year's 50th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination.
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