(LOS ANGELES) — “The Banana Boat Song” singer Harry Belafonte is suing the estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. over documents related to the civil rights leader that Belafonte once attempted to sell at auction.
According to TMZ, Belafonte had in his possession notes that King had in his suit pocket at the time of his 1968 assassination, and a condolence letter sent from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King’s widow Coretta King, among other documents.
The estate in 2008 blocked an attempt by Belafonte to sell the documents in a Sotheby’s auction. On Tuesday, he filed suit in New York against the estate, requesting that he be declared the rightful owner of the papers.
Until the matter is resolved, Sotheby’s will look after the documents.
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