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Enormous Muhammad Ali Signed Display - "The Value of Friendship"
Starting Bid - $1,000, Sold For - $2,370
Enormous handwritten passage signed by Muhammad Ali in black marker in which he discusses the value of friendship. The text comprises an area of 32 x 26 inches, while the signature measures a full fifteen 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: "A true friend considers his life cheap if it's for his friend, anyone who does not know the value of friendship, does not know the first lesson of friendship - Muhammad Ali." Both the text and signature are boldly scripted, grading "9/10." The sheet displays a few minor creases throughout, as well as a number of small edge tears in the lower left corner. Vg-Ex. Professionally matted together with a black-and-white 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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