Slave Posters Pulled From Auction
Nov. 12, 1997
NEW YORK (AP) _ An Americana collector has withdrawn three reward posters for runaway slaves from a Christie's auction after some complained the sale was capitalizing on slavery.
The unidentified seller intends to donate the Civil War-era posters to a museum or historical society specializing in black history, said Vredy Lytsman, a Christie's spokeswoman.
The posters _ including one offering a $200 reward for a ``Negro man John'' with a ``remarkable fine set of teeth'' _ drew complaints from a Harlem state senator among others.
Sen. David Paterson ``believes no one should profit off the misery of the African-American labor experience,'' said his spokesman, Michael Jones-Bey.
The posters were to be sold Wednesday in an auction featuring other 19th-century items, including documents signed by Abraham Lincoln.