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1974 Muhammad Ali Signed Letter
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $587.50
One-page typed letter, undated, signed by Muhammad Ali. The letter, written upon Ali’s personal stationery (which features a photo of him along the bottom), is addressed to a “Mr. Davis” and reads in full: “I was delighted to hear from you. You may not think so, but I really appreciate each and every letter I receive. I feel good now. I’m in good shape and razor sharp. In case you were a little apprehensive regarding my upcoming fight, let me inform you that this is going to be the prettiest, most masterful upset that boxing has ever seen. I guarantee this, and I couldn’t be more serious. Please forgive the brevity of this letter, but I have much to do and must move on. I hope you achieve success in whatever you try to do. Very truly yours, Muhammad Ali [signed].” Ali’s signature has been penned in blue ink and grades a perfect “10.” This is a great letter on several counts: it was written while preparing for an important fight, it effectively captures Ali's great spirit and showmanship, and it has tremendous display value. Though undated, this letter was most likely signed by Ali in the 1970s. During that time the only bout in which he was a decided underdog was in the legendary "Rumble in the Jungle,” which took place in October 1974. Matched against heavyweight champion George Foreman, who was coming off a dominating victory over Joe Frazier (one of Foreman's blows actually lifted Frazier off the canvas), Ali was given little chance by most experts of regaining the title. Undaunted by critics and buoyed by the support of the local fans, who constantly chanted "Ali Bomaye!" ("Ali kill him"), Ali once again shocked the world by registering an eighth-round knockdown of Foreman. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal mailing folds (one of which bisects the signature), a few minor tears along the left border and a paper residue on the reverse from the letter having been once mounted in a scrapbook. In Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $587.50
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