WASHINGTON, May 30 (UPI) —
U.S. President Barack Obama’s brother is selling two letters the president wrote to relatives in Kenya for $15,000 each, officials said.
The handwritten letters will be available through U.S. collector Gary Zimet’s Momentsintime.com, the New York Post reported Thursday.
Zimet said he reached out to Obama’s half-brother, Malik Abongo "Roy" Obama, who lives in the Kenyan village of Nyang’oma Kogelo, the Obamas’ ancestral home, and asked if he had received any letters from his brother.
"I wrote to Malik and didn’t know if I would get a response. I was astonished when I did. I sent a letter to a post office box in Kenya. I asked him if he had any letters from his brother. I didn’t expect to hear from him ever, but he wrote back and said, ‘I have two letters,’" Zimet said. "These letters show great interest on the president’s part in his family, they are priced at $15,000 each. We didn’t go too much into Malik’s relationship with his half-brother, I got a sense it was cordial but not overly warm."
Malik Obama, 55, is the son of the president’s father and his first wife.