2/5/13 2:13 AM | Johan Lindahl
The wisdom teeth of Arthur Ashe as well as his diaries and other personal mementos will go under the auction hammer in a bid to raise money for a non-profit carrying on the work started by the 1970s tennis pioneer.
Ashe died nearly two decades ago from complications from AIDS contracted through a tainted blood transfusion. Proceeds from the sale of his estate will go to the Arthur Ashe Learning Center, which promotes his legacy.
Among items for sale:
- personal diaries from 1972 through 1993.
- a 1970s passport with an entry stamp for the black sports pioneer to play in apartheid South Africa.
- trophies from Wimbledon, US Open and the Davis Cup,
- handwritten copies of his speeches on black athleticism, civil rights and AIDS.
- wisdom teeth and Davis Cup jackets
Ashe was the first black man to win singles at Wimbledon, the US Open and Australian Open.
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