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Muhammad Ali Signed Training/Exhibition Robe
Starting Bid - $500.00 , Sold For - $7,637.50
This white satin fight robe dating from the mid-to-late 1970s features an Everlast label on the front pocket and is lettered "Muhammad Ali" in black tackle twill on the reverse. Ali has signed the robe in black fine-point marker (grading "9") on the reverse. The size tag ("46") has detached from the robe, but is included with the garment. This robe was never worn by Ali for any of his official bouts, but it was specially produced for him, probably for use at training camp or for any number of exhibition bouts he routinely staged. The fact that it is a higher quality robe, made from satin as opposed to terry cloth, lends support to the latter theory. Ali was famous for staging dozens of unrecorded three-round exhibition bouts over the years, often for charity, in which he would spar with local celebrities. This robe was most likely worn at such an event. The garment displays light wear, including a minor stain on the right sleeve. This robe has been consigned to this auction directly from the personal collection/inventory of world-renowned bat authenticator David Bushing. LOAs from Dave Bushing & Troy Kinunen/MEARS and James Spence/JSA and additional LOA from boxing expert Craig Hamilton. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $7,637.50
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