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Additional auction highlights included two letters written by Dr. King to Ms. Ballou while the civil rights leader was in India learning about the passive resistance techniques of Mahatma Gandhi. The letters realized $18,750 and $17,500, respectively. Additionally, two draft chapters from King’s first book, “Stride Toward Freedom,” a first-hand account of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, sold for $8,125 each. Both King’s and Ballou’s “Distinguished NAACP Volunteer” cards, with a letter from the NAACP, sold for $3,250.