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Muhammad Ali Rare Large-Signature Display Collection (4)

  • Sold For: $2,963
  • Year: 1977
  • Auction: 2012 spring
  • Lot #: 1343
  • Auction Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

Collection of four display pieces, each featuring an enormous Muhammad Ali signature example professionally matted together with a 16 x 20-inch color photo taken by John Stewart (produced from the original negative). All of these signature examples were produced by Ali in 1977 for an unspecified promotional project that never came to fruition (see introduction for the complete history of these pieces). These are naturally extraordinary for display, as intended by Muhammad Ali. Two of the Ali signatures measure 13.75 inches in length, one measures 13.5 inches, and the fourth measures 13 inches. All of the signatures have been boldly scripted and grade "9/10." One of the sheet displays a vertical line of tiny perforations (original to the sheet), while another displays a few moderate creases; otherwise all are in Excellent condition. Each matted display piece measures 20 x 24 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Total: 4 signed displays. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).
SOLD FOR $2,963

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