Racist Malcolm X Autograph Letter Signed Nets $11,794 at NateDSanders.com
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Malcolm X autograph
As one of the most influential African Americans of the 20th century, letters by Malcolm X with a Malcolm X autograph are surprisingly rare.
We auctioned two Malcolm X autograph signed postcards in our July auction, one sold for $4,393 and the one below sold for $11,794.
The incredible Malcolm X autograph letter is signed to Redd Foxx, on the back of a postcard showing a photo of a chimpanzee at the ”Monkey Jungle” in Miami, Florida. Malcolm X writes to Redd Foxx in full, ”One hundred years have passed since the Civil War, and these chimpanzees get more recognition, respect & freedom in American than our people do, because even the monkeys that lead them have more sense than the monkeys that lead us. / Bro[ther] Malcolm X”. Postmarked from Miami on 19 February 1964, just 2 weeks before Malcolm X left the Nation of Islam, reportedly because of the over-control of its leaders. Postcard is addressed by Malcolm X to Redd Foxx at his home in Los Angeles.
Nate D. Sanders Auctions sold 16 Malcolm X autograph signed postcards in our August 25th 2016 auction. People who were inspired or interested in Malcolm X’s life read and bid on these letters, which covered his life from 1958-1964, when he was just rising to national prominence, up until right before his assassination. He wrote the following letters in the 1950s:
This Malcolm X autograph letter is signed from Tampa, Florida, postmarked 24 September 1958. Malcolm X writes to Gloria Owens, sister of Maceo X Owens, a prominent Nation of Islam member in New York. He writes, “Greetings from the Deep South…from the Cotton fields to the Orange Groves, Islam is on the March. Malcolm X”. At this time, Malcolm X was speaking throughout the country after the incident of Hinton Johnson gained national attention. Johnson was badly beaten by police after he intervened on behalf of another black man who was being beaten by the same police; although the incident gained media attention, the officers were not prosecuted. Sold for $4,576.
This Malcolm X autograph letter signed is postmarked 10 June 1958 from Oklahoma, as he was touring the country, speaking against police brutality. Malcolm X writes to Gloria Owens, sister of Maceo X: “I know you thought you were forgotten. How could we? (Smile) Malcolm X”. Measures 5.5″ x 3.5″. Front of postcard shows a skunk with the words, “Why be disagreeable? With a little effort you can be a real STINKER”. Sold for $2,500.
This Malcolm X autograph note is signed and postmarked from Tampa, Florida on 1 October 1958. At this time, Malcolm X was speaking throughout the country on behalf of the Nation of Islam and police brutality. He writes to Gloria Owens, “Greetings from Sunny Florida. Malcolm X” on the back of a postcard showing an offensive caricature of a black boy who’s about to be spanked by an older black woman for not saying his prayers correctly. Sold for $3,328.
In the early 1960s Malcolm X started to become disillusioned with the Nation of Islam. On March 8, 1964, he announced his break from the organization saying he was still a Muslim, but felt that the Nation had “gone as far as it can” because of its rigid teachings. In April 1964 he went on a pilgrimage to Mecca, where he became inspired for racial harmony.
Above is a Malcolm X autograph letter for sale in our Auction on August 25th, twice-signed in April 1964 from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where Malcolm X visited after his departure from the Nation of Islam (NOI). He writes to Gloria Owens, “Greetings from Arabia, where I have just completed my sacred Pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca. el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (Malcolm X)”. Gloria Owens was the sister of Maceo X Owens, the secretary of MTI #7 (Muhammad’s Temples of Islam) in New York City, where Malcolm X was a minister alongside Louis Farrakhan. Maceo was likely the individual who told Malcolm X that he was instructed to plant a bomb inside Malcolm’s car (and didn’t do it); that individual has only been identified as the secretary of mosque #7. Postcard measures 5.75″ x 4″. Sold for $4,875.
Malcolm X then traveled throughout Africa, meeting with leaders and giving interviews. He attended the second meeting of the Organization of African Unity as a representative of the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
Here are a few Malcolm X postcards signed during this period that we have for sale in our Malcolm X Autograph Nate D. Sanders Auction.
The Malcolm X autograph letter signed above is from Ethiopia, likely written in 1964 when he was visiting several African countries. Letter reads, “Greetings from another Ancient Land that is fast leaping out of the past and into the future, even ahead of us / Bro[ther] Malcolm X”. Postcard is written to Gloria Owens, sister of Maceo X, the secretary of the Islamic temple in New York City to which Malcolm X had formerly been Minister. It was likely Maceo who told Malcolm X shortly before he left the Nation of Islam that its leaders asked Maceo to plant a bomb in Malcolm X’s car. Postcard measures 5.75″ x 4.25″. Sold for $3,328.
The Malcolm X autograph letter above is signed from Kuwait in September 1964. Malcolm X writes to Gloria Owens, “Greetings from beautiful Kuwait. Since I’ve seen what a mess can be made of things by narrow-minded people, I’m still traveling, trying to broaden my scope – Bro[ther] Malcolm X”. 1964 was a tumultuous year for Malcolm X; he left the Nation of Islam (NOI), defended himself against physical assaults and possible assassination attempts by the NOI, and traveled the world to the Middle East and Africa. Earlier in the year, while making the pilgrimage to Mecca, he was heartened by Muslims of all races treating each other as equals and was hopeful of improved race relations in the United States as a result. Sold for $4,576.
Throughout 1964, as his conflict with the Nation of Islam intensified, Malcolm X was repeatedly threatened. On February 21st 1965, at the Organization of Afro-American Unity, he was shot multiple times and killed.
Malcolm X has been described as one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.
To buy, sell or consign a Malcolm X autograph, please email Nate@NateDSanders.com or call Nate D. Sanders at (310) 440-2982. Thank you.