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Missing Malcolm X writings have surfaced and been sold

LOST AND FOUND: Malcolm X's 'missing' writings have been sold

WRITINGS BY Malcolm X that were missing for 25 years have surfaced and been sold.

For decades experts believed that three chapters were missing from The Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Now the papers have surfaced at an auction in Manhattan, the New York Times has reported.

Alongside the elusive writings on offer at the sale on Thursday (July 26) was the manuscript for Malcolm X’s published book.

The manuscript features written discussions between Malcolm X and Alex Haley, who worked with him his autobiography, according to the New York Times.

The paper also reported that an unpublished chapter entitled The Negro was sold for $7,000 to the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and that no offers were made for the manuscript for which bids started at $40,000 but that it was later announced the Schomburg Center, obtained it for a sum that was not made public.

Kevin Young, director of the Schomburg Center, said: “I’m honored to report that a lost chapter and the manuscript of The Autobiography of Malcolm X are coming home to Harlem and [the] Schomburg Center!”

“The autobiography is one of the most important books of the 20th century.

“To have the version with Malcolm X’s corrections, and to be able to see his thoughts taking shape, is incredibly powerful,” the New York Times reported Young said after the auction.

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