While he was known to fly like a butterfly and sting like a bee in the ring, late boxing legend Muhammad Ali apparently could also sketch like an artist.
Drawings done by The People’s Champion himself were recently introduced at auction in NYC, where they sold amongst some of his other collectibles for close to $1 million.
According to The Washington Post, more than 30 drawings and sketches made by Ali were included in a sports memorabilia collection kept by his mentor Rodney Hilton Brown. The auction, titled “TCM Presents … It’s a Knockout!,” was organized by Bonhams and also included Ali-related collectibles and past possessions like his boxing gloves.
Read up on some of the art gems Ali left behind in this one-of-a-kind collection below, via The Post:
While a few items have not yet sold as of time of publication, Ali’s original artwork grossed nearly $950,000 overall.”
Ali’s artistic prowess could be accredited to his lineage. His dad, Cassius Clay Sr., was a painter himself that specialized in signs and billboards. Actually, the “Knockout” exhibit at Bonhams also includes four canvases done by Clay Sr.
Brown’s collection originated after a 1977 meeting resulted in a friendship that, as described in the full Bonhams auction catalog, “led to regular painting sessions at Rodney’s apartment in New York or various hotel rooms wherever Ali happened to be staying.”
The Greatest, indeed! Take a look at some of the top-sellers below:
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Muhammad Ali’s Life in Pictures
1. Paris Portait, 1960Source: 1 of 20
2. Training, 1960Source: 2 of 20
3. Posing With Legends, 1960Source: 3 of 20
4. Family Man, 1965Source: 4 of 20
5. Predicts Five, 1963Source: 5 of 20
6. Married Man, 1963Source: 6 of 20
7. Louth Mouth, 1964Source: 7 of 20
8. Down Goes Liston, 1965Source: 8 of 20
9. In Living Color, 1966Source: 9 of 20
10. Rumble in the Jungle, 1974Source: 10 of 20
11. Man of the Press, 1974Source: 11 of 20
12. Muhammad Ali Day, 1974Source: 12 of 20
13. Taunting Foreman, 1974Source: 13 of 20
14. The Greatest, 1977Source: 14 of 20
15. The King and The Champ, 1977Source: 15 of 20
16. Ali’s Girls, 1978Source: 16 of 20
17. Ali Taunts Holmes, 1980Source: 17 of 20
18. Friends Out of the RingSource: 18 of 20
19. Humanitarian Award, 2002Source: 19 of 20
20. Like Father Like Daughter, 2002Source: 20 of 20
Rare Art By Muhammad Ali Auctions For Almost $1 Million With Other Collectibles was originally published on blackamericaweb.com