Collecting African Americana

Tracking African Americana

Books and other artifacts are rising in value, too

www.businessweek.com
FEBRUARY 13, 2006

“Mike Glenn of Atlanta has been collecting African Americana only since 1997. But he figures it already would be tough to replicate his assemblage of photographs, artifacts, and some 2,000 rare books. “I have things that are unavailable now and that if I could find, I could never afford,” says Glenn, a former pro basketball player who is now commissioner of the minor league World Basketball Assn.

…Prices of more recent historical items are rising fast, too. Material from New York’s Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and ’30s is hot. So is just about anything connected with boxer Muhammad Ali, Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party, and Martin Luther King Jr.”

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