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A Collection of Drawings by Muhammad Ali Was Sold at Auction for a $ 1 Million

06.10.2021
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Collection of Drawings by Muhammad Ali Was Sold at Auction

A series of drawings and sketches, painted by Muhammad Ali was auctioned for nearly 1 million dollars.

About 26 pieces painted by the legendary boxer were auctioned at Bonhams in New York. The final sale was three times the estimated one. The most expensive lot was the sketch Sting Like a Bee- it was acquired for 425 thousand dollars, which is more than 10 times higher than the pre-sale estimate. In the drawing, Ali portrayed his victory in the boxing ring with a short verse as a dialogue between the referee and the losing athlete. This is the only painting with a poem by the boxing champion.

At the auction house, they said that the boxer painted all his life, and his father, a professional artist, introduced an interest in painting to him. His works are devoted to boxing, people rights, religion, humanism, and world peace themes. But about the abilities of the civil activist to painting were not known to the general public. In addition, he wrote poetry.

Among other drawings that were sold at auction is a 1979 painting I love you America, which is done in red, white, and blue colors. It was sold for 150,000 dollars. And a sketch drawn with a felt-tip pen was bought by collectors for 24 thousand dollars.

The works of one of the greatest athletes were auctioned by an art collector and his friend. According to Rodney Hilton Brown, Ali painted his first three paintings for him after the 1977 Boston fight. The total amount of money raised at the auction was 945,524 dollars which is three times higher than the initial estimates.

In 1984, Muhammad Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which caused him to develop movement disorders. The boxer died at the age of 74, the cause of his death was septic shock, which arose from unknown natural causes.

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