16 Arthur Ashe artifacts could fetch up to $120K at auction

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Posted: Nov 24, 2015 11:33 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Artifacts reflecting the public and private life of Arthur Ashe are going on the auction block.

They include speech notes on AIDS awareness and the jacket he wore at an anti-apartheid protest. Those were among the causes the tennis great and humanitarian championed during his lifetime.

The 16 manuscripts and personal objects are being offered as one lot on Dec. 8 at Christie's books and manuscript sale in New York. It's expected to sell for $80,000 to $120,000.

Christie's says the items are being sold by a private collector.

Ashe was the first African-American to win Wimbledon and the U.S. and Australian Opens. The Richmond, Virginia, native died in 1993 from AIDS-related pneumonia attributed to a blood transfusion following a heart operation.