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Circa 1963 Cassius Clay Signed Photograph
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $4,060.00
Black and white vintage promotional photograph (3.25 x 8 inches) signed and inscribed "To Helen - From Cassius Clay" in blue ballpoint pen ("9"). This is a particularly interesting signed item as it dates from the early 1960s, when Muhammad Ali was still known as Cassius Clay, and he has signed with his rare, early "Cassius Clay" signature. The photograph is a very high quality publicity still capturing Ali posed in a boxing stance. CASSIUS CLAY - "I AM THE GREATEST" is preprinted on the bottom border. The photo has a touch of corner wear and a couple of very light creases in the border areas only, and is otherwise in Excellent condition. The year "1963" is written in red pen on the reverse. The photo is accompanied by a signed letter from the original owner, Helen Hartman, describing how she acquired this autograph in person outside the 5th Street Gym circa 1963. LOAs from James Spence/JSA and Steve Grad, Mike Gutierrez & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$800. SOLD FOR $4,060.00
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