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Lot # 1516 (of 1673)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

1960s Muhammad Ali Eighteen-Page Handwritten Draft for His Autobiography Regarding His Conversion to Islam

Starting Bid - $10,000.00 , Sold For - $-

Offered here is an extraordinary eighteen-page handwritten document by Muhammad Ali in which he chronicles his conversion to Islam. These pages, which are individually numbered in the upper right corner, represent a partial draft of his autobiography that he began working on in the 1960s and, together, offer significant insight into one of the most charismatic, complex, and controversial athletes of the twentieth century. Included within the text of this draft is an incredibly rare signature example of his full birth name: Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. When Ali changed his name and announced his conversion to Islam he set off a chain reaction of public responses, most of which were divided along racial lines and mirrored the current social and political unrest of the times. Here, in this work, he discusses the events that led him to Islam, the changing of his name, and, most important, his first visit to a Black Muslim temple in Florida. SOLD FOR $-

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