The Maude Ballou Papers: Martin Luther King's
Handwritten Notes, Writings And Correspondence Among Important
Civil Rights Era History
An unprecedented trove of material relating to the Reverend Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr., the most famous and influential name in
America's storied Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s —
including King's handwritten notes on eight cards containing the
outline of his famed "Dexter Avenue Church Farewell Address," circa
1960 — will be offered on Oct. 17 as part of Heritage Auctions'
Historical Manuscripts event in New York.
The material, more than 100 artifacts in all, are coming to
auction after more than half a century in the loving possession of
87-year-old Maude Ballou, Martin Luther King Jr.'s close friend and
Ballou material provides a ground-level perspective of the
civil rights struggle," says Sandra Palomino, Director of
Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. "The collection brings
to light the courage and strength of all its participants. This
material, available for the very first time, is unprecedented and
illustrates the role of the church and the Reverend King's
As a child growing up in the South during the 1960s, Howard Ballou,
Maude's son, was privileged to witness history. He was just a boy
at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement.
"When Dr. King was elected to lead the Montgomery Improvement
Association, which led to the Montgomery bus boycott, he asked mom
to come work with him," said Howard, 59, a TV news anchor in
Jackson, Miss. "She was working at the time for a local radio
station. She had a business degree from Southern University in
Baton Rouge, LA. She was a great organizer. She got things done. Of
course, this was the boycott that changed the world."
Maude Ballou later helped Dr. King establish his office at the
Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Mrs. Ballou moved with
King to Atlanta, living with the King family for several months,
ensuring a smooth transition before King had time to hire a new
As King's secretary, Ballou handled his schedule, wrote letters
on his behalf, and received correspondence from King and other
civil rights leaders.
"Maude Ballou communicated with all the great leaders of the
day," said Palomino. "Rosa Parks, Adam Clayton Powell, Ralph
Abernethy, Wyatt Tee Walker, you name it. She worked closely with
Dr. King in all of his writing and editing."
"These are treasures from my mom's years at the beginning of the
civil rights movement," said Howard. "My mother has finally decided
that, after half a century safeguarding this material, and Dr.
King's legacy, she wants to share these items with the public. It's
time for them to be appreciated by others as much as we've
Heritage Auctions will be donating a portion of its proceeds
from the auction of The Ballou Papers to Alabama State
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Renoir's Personal Effects And Sculpture
single largest archive of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's personally-owned
objects — from his signature polka-dot scarf to the original
plaster maquette of La Grande Venus Victrix — will highlight
an expansive grouping dedicated to the Impressionist icon in
The Renoir Estate Collection Signature® Auction, Sept. 19 in
The collection is an intimate glimpse inside the personal and
professional life of the master painter through a trove of
important documents, including his marriage certificate,
photographs and letters written to Renoir from friends and
contemporaries such as Monet, Manet, and Rodin.
The collection also features a selection of original sculptural
plaster maquettes created at Renoir's estate in Cagnes, France, in
the twilight of his career. Battling severe arthritis, Renoir
collaborated with a young and able-handed artist, Richard Guino, at
his dealer Ambroise Vollard's suggestion.
Together, Renoir and Guino selected which drawings and paintings
would work as sculptures, and they set to work. Included among the
sculptural offerings is likely the auction's top lot —
a 72 inch tall original plaster maquette for La Grande Venus
Victrix, the Roman goddess.
"This museum-level collection is superb in its completeness and
reveals volumes about the man and his art," said Brian Roughton,
Managing Director of Fine Art at Heritage Auctions. "It touches
every corner of his life and represents the last time this
collection will appear assembled ever again. In addition to the
personal letters and objects, we're also thrilled to have the
opportunity to offer 20 carefully collected original plaster
Among the maquettes, Heritage is offering
"Coco," one of the only plaster maquettes that Renoir produced
himself, depicting his young son Claude.
The staggering amount of life documents, awards and ephemera
includes rarities such as an
American Medal of Honor awarded to Renoir at the 1883 Foreign
an album of candid family photographs featuring Henri Matisse
among other notable artists of the day.
The archive also includes rarely seen objects likely made for
the artist's eyes only, such as
a diminutive polychrome ceramic vase and sugar bowl thrown and
painted with his son, Jean, at Les Collettes as Jean
recuperated from War injuries at Les Collettes.
Please also join us on September 18 at 7:00 PM ET for a lecture
by Virginie Journiac, art expert and former curator of the Renoir
Museum at Les Collettes in Cagnes-sur-Mer who will speak about
Renoir and the collection. Kindly RSVP by emailing
RSVP@HA.com or calling 800-HERITAGE
(437-4824), ext. 1050.
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2013 Year of the Farmer Art Auction Benefiting
National FFA Organization
The 2013 Year of the Farmer Art Auction is
brought to you by Case IH along with their Ram Brand partnership to
support the National FFA Organization. Paintjam artist, Dan Dunn,
is creating four "The Future Farmer" paintings live at the Case IH
arena show experience at Farm Progress 2013, the nation's largest
Outdoor Farm Show. The paintings are inspired by one of the images
featured in the 2013 Ram Brand Super Bowl commercial, "So God Made
a Farmer" to honor America's farmers.
The four paintings will be offered in an online auction,
HA.com/FFA. The auction is now open for
bidding and will be closing September 30, at 10:00 PM CT. For more
information about the auction, contact Jeri Carroll at
214-409-1873 or JeriC@HA.com.
About National FFA Organization: "Future Farmers of
America" was founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928.
Their mission was to prepare future generations for the challenges
of feeding a growing population. They taught us that agriculture is
more than planting and harvesting — it's a science, it's a business
and it's an art.
FFA continues to help the next generation rise up to meet those
challenges by helping its members to develop their own unique
talents and explore their interests in a broad range of career
pathways. So today, we are still the Future Farmers of America.
But, we are the Future Biologists, Future Chemists, Future
Veterinarians, Future Engineers and Future Entrepreneurs of
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