Enormous Muhammad Ali Signed Display - "Every Man Has a Purpose"

Sold For: $2,370

Auction Year: 2012 spring

Lot: 1341

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 man's purpose. The text comprises an area of 32 x 26.5 inches, while the signature measures a remarkable twenty inches in length! 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: "Everything God created was put here for a purpose. So every man has a purpose. Large or small we all have a purpose, and the wise man is he who knows his life's purpose - Muhammad Ali - Peace." 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 $2,370

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