Enormous Muhammad Ali Signed Display Piece - "The Cause of Man's Distress"

Sold For: $2,015

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1338

Item Year: 1977

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Enormous handwritten passage signed by Muhammad Ali in black marker in which he discusses the cause of man's distress. The text comprises an area of 32 x 25 inches, while the signature measures an astounding two feet in length! This may very well be the largest Muhammad Ali signature extant. Remarkable for display, as intended by Muhammad Ali, this is one of a small number of large handwritten sheets produced by Ali in 1977 for an unspecified promotional project that never came to fruition (see introduction for the complete history of this piece). In full: "Man is trying to run the world according to his own wishes and desires, and disregarding the law of God, and this is the real cause of man's distress - Muhammad Ali." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted, grading "9/10." The sheet displays a few minor creases throughout and is in Excellent condition overall. Professionally matted together with a color photograph (16 x 20 inches; Mint condition) of Ali taken by John Stewart (produced from the original negative) to total dimensions of 55 x 32.5 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $2,015

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