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An African American amateur film collection that garnered a significant amount of discussion among the archival community sold for $60,000 at auction last week.

A collection of 29 vintage film reels detailing the lives of blacks living in Oklahoma during the 1920s was the rarest historical artifact Currie Ballard ever owned. After selling a copy of the collection to the Oklahoma Historical Society, Ballard allowed his most treasured possession to be auctioned. The reels brought $60,000 last week during an auction at Swann Auction Galleries in New York City.

Source: Daily Oklahoman and  New York Times