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King brothers want to sell MLK's Nobel Peace Prize, Bible

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The estate of Martin Luther King Jr. is asking a judge to force the civil rights icon's daughter to relinquish her father's Nobel Peace Prize and his Bible.

The complaint against Bernice King was filed Friday in an Atlanta court by her father's estate, which is controlled by her brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King.

The lawsuit said Martin Luther King Jr.'s heirs in 1995 assigned their rights to property inherited from the civil rights icon to the Estate of Martin Luther King Jr. Inc. The lawsuit said Bernice King has "secreted and sequestered" the medal and Bible in violation of that agreement.

"Although these items have been under my care and custody for the past few years, they have remained in a safe and secure location since my father's assassination, and my mother's death in 2006," said Bernice King in a statement. "After I refused to immediately transfer these items to another location at their request, consequently on January 31 my brothers through The Estate of Martin L. King, Jr., Inc filed a lawsuit {Civil Action No. 2014cv241929} to force me to turn these items over for the express purpose of selling them. In my opinion, there is no justification for selling either of these sacred items. They are priceless and should never be exchanged for money in the marketplace."

Bernice King said in a statement that her brothers want to sell the medal and Bible to a private buyer and that she opposes that.

"While I love my brothers dearly, this latest decision by them is extremely troubling. Not only am I appalled and utterly ashamed, I am frankly disappointed that they would even entertain the thought of selling these precious items. It reveals a desperation beyond comprehension. As Mark 8:36 teaches, 'For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?' Our Father MUST be turning in his grave," said Bernice King in a written statement.

According to Bernice King, the Bible was used by President Barak Obama as he was sworn in for his second term in office and subsequently signed by him.

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