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Lot 110: FBI wanted poster: Panther Leroy Eldridge Cleaver.

Waverly Rare Books Catalog Auction 12-1-2016

by Quinn's Auction Galleries

December 1, 2016

Falls Church, VA, USA

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  • FBI wanted poster: Panther Leroy Eldridge Cleaver.
  • FBI wanted poster: Panther Leroy Eldridge Cleaver.
  • FBI wanted poster: Panther Leroy Eldridge Cleaver.
  • FBI wanted poster: Panther Leroy Eldridge Cleaver.
  • FBI wanted poster: Panther Leroy Eldridge Cleaver.
  • FBI wanted poster: Panther Leroy Eldridge Cleaver.
   
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Description: [Black Panthers] Wanted poster for Leroy Eldridge Cleaver. “Wanted By The FBI/ Interstate Flight - Assault With Intent To Commit Murder/ Leroy Eldrige Cleaver/ FBI No. 214,830 B…” Shows a single front-view mugshot of Cleaver in 1966 and 3 mugshots from 1968, one of which was shot at a different time than the other two. Text consists of a physical description, fingerprint classification, etc., and 2 warnings: “Criminal Record/ Cleaver has been convicted of assault with intent to commit murder, assault with a deadly weapon and possession of narcotics/ Caution/ Cleaver allegedly has engaged police officers in gun battle in the past. Consider armed and extremely dangerous.” Nature of the crimes involved are not specified on the poster, but the “gun battle” referred to was an incident involving Oakland Police and Black Panther Party members. Lower left: “Wanted Flyer 447/ December 13, 1968.” [Printed Dec. 1968 to 1969.] 34 3/8 x 22 1/4 in. Couple of mount holes at the corners, tiny chip at upper right, a couple of small pieces of tape at the edges (less than an inch), 3/4 inch open tear to right margin.

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