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Latest update : 2008-07-28

Around 1,000 possessions belonging to Rosa Parks, one of the great champions of US civil rights, will go to auction. From letters to medals, the objects could sell for up to 10 million dollars, according to the Washington Post.

The personal archive of belongings of the late African-American civil rights hero Rosa Parks has been put on sale by Guernsey's, the auction house said Saturday.

"The archive includes thousands of items -- ranging from Mrs Parks' schoolbooks to her Congressional Gold Medal," said Guernsey's, which in the past has sold memorabilia belonging to John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley and from the sunken ocean liner Titanic.

A Michigan court chose Guernsey's for the sale, the proceeds of which will be divided between the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development and the Parks family, the auction house said.

The Washington Post estimated the sale could fetch up to 10 million dollars.

Parks, who refused to give up her bus seat to a white customer in Alabama in December 1955 and became the poster child of the US civil rights movement, died October 24, 2005, aged 92.

Date created : 2008-07-27