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Muhammad Ali Signed 8 x 10 Photo Collection (20)
Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $6,517.50
Collection of twenty identical 8 x 10-inch color photographs, each beautifully signed by Muhammad Ali in either silver paint pen (17) or blue Sharpie (3). All of the signatures have been flawlessly executed and grade "10." Each of the photos offered here is a Near-Mint print of what many consider to be the greatest photographic image in sports history. Taken through the gifted lens of photographer Neil Leifer, the photo captures Ali as he stands triumphantly over Sonny Liston after knocking him out in the first round of their epic rematch on May 25, 1965 in Lewiston, Maine. In a later interview with Leifer he offered his opinion as to why this photo has stood the test of time: "This image represents the way people want to remember Ali: strength, confidence and braggadocio." It should be noted that all of the these signatures were personally obtained by our consignor at the 1988 "Cincinnati Classic" which was held at the Music Hall in Cincinnati, Ohio. The "Cincinnati Classic," a large, five-day sports-collectors convention, was one of the primary attractions of the city's celebratory "All-Star" weekend in 1988. (The 1988 Major League All-Star Game was held in Cincinnati that year.) Muhammad Ali was one of the twenty-seven celebrity signers at the show, along with Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and many other Hall of Fame baseball players. This is an exceptional collection of Muhammad Ali signed photos, each capturing Ali at the most triumphant moment of his legendary career, that has been carefully stored and has literally not seen the light of day since the signing in 1988. Total: 20 photos. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $4,000+. SOLD FOR $6,517.50
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