Black history collection could be broken up, sold to highest bidder
May 9, 2012 8:19 PM Subscribe
Nathaniel "Magnificent" Montague
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spent more than 50 years collecting rare artifacts of black history and culture. Facing bankruptcy, he lost it all, and now the priceless collection could be broken up and sold at auction.
While working with his wife of 56 years, Rose Casalan, to archive and prepare the collection for sale, he took out a loan to help pay for the archiving, found himself overextended financially and declared bankruptcy. His collection was seized, and it is now in the hands of a trusteeship charged with selling it to satisfy his debts."You're not going to see another collection like this," said Merrill (video, with many shots of rare pieces in the collection),
who is an appraiser on PBS's "Antiques Roadshow"
"Sometimes you find mass-produced pieces," like posters, brochures or pamphlets, Merrill said. "This is not that. It's all rare and one-of-a-kind.