New York Self-Storage Auction of Malcolm X Property Temporarily Averted

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Property once belonging to slain civil rights leader Malcolm X was scheduled for a self-storage auction yesterday at a Manhattan Mini Storage in Inwood, N.Y., but representatives from his estate intervened in time to extend the settlement of the delinquent account to Aug. 20.

The estate reportedly owes $2,447 on a storage unit account that has been delinquent since December 2012. A representative for the family, L. Londell McMillan, told the New York Post the administrator who pays the self-storage bill was out of the country and the bill would be paid.

“There is nothing valuable to the estate in [the storage unit],” he said. “Those things are in various intellectual-property holdings and would not be in mini-storage.”

This is the second time property belonging to Malcolm X and his wife Betty Shabazz have nearly been sold through public auction at a self-storage facility. In 2002, a collection of Malcolm X’s personal archives in Orlando, Fla., came up for auction when a $600 self-storage bill went unpaid by his daughter, Malikah Shabazz. A legal battle between Shabazz heirs over rightful ownership of the property prevented the collection from being sold.

“We’d never auction off anything that belonged to Malcolm X,” an employee at the Manhattan Mini Storage facility told the Post.

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