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Rosa Parks family house set for auction next week

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Posted at 11:31 AM, Jul 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-19 11:31:25-04

The house where civil rights icon Rosa Parks sought refuge after fleeing the South amid death threats is scheduled for auction next week with a minimum bid of $1 million.

Auctioneer Guernsey's plans to put the house up for auction July 26 in New York City, and has set a pre-auction estimate of $1 million to $3 million.

The tiny wood-framed house was going to be demolished by the city of Detroit when it was rescued by Parks' niece and a Berlin-based American artist who took it apart and shipped it to Germany, where he turned it into a work of art.

It has since been displayed in Rhode Island and is now in storage.

Proceeds from the sale will be split between Parks' family and artist Ryan Mendoza.