File photo: The ‘King of Boxing’ crown will be presented to former US boxer Muhammad Ali at the 50th World Boxing Council convention in Cancun on December 3, 2012.Reuters / Victor Luis Garcia
October 1, 2021
New York (Reuters) – A rare collection of sketches and paintings by American boxer Muhammad Ali, who loved to draw between battles, will be auctioned in New York next week.
Most of the 24-piece collections are cartoonish, some signed and reflect Ali’s interest in religion and social justice, but some portray him in the ring.
“See, he was floating like a butterfly and stabbing like a bee!” »Reading the ball of a boxer knocked out by an opponent who raised his arm in victory.
According to Bonhams auctioneers, this painting, titled “Sting Like a Bee,” was created by Ali during the filming of the historic “Freedom Road” miniseries, which he starred in 1978. We plan to do so. get $ 40,000- $ 60,000 on the October 5th Sale.
Bonhams said that Ali’s passion for painting was little known, but that he liked to draw to relax after a fight or training.
“A lot of people are excited because no one knew he was an artist and no one knew the treasure of this work of art, so there is a lot of interest and excitement.” Said Helen Hall, director of popular culture at Bonhams.
The artwork for sale is from the Rodney Hilton Brown Collection, who created the art with Ali.
The former heavyweight world champion, who announced his conversion to Islam at the peak of his career in 1964, died in 2016 at the age of 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
“The Hungry Children of Mississippi” in 1967 shows in shorts that “I wanted to fight just to fight to feed the poor black children”.
“Some people mention the race riots in Los Angeles and Newark in 1965 and 1987,” Hall said. “One of the paintings is dedicated to Islam. He recently converted. And some of them have brighter tones and are boxing related.
Other works include “America: Big Jail” and “War in America” from 1967 with presale quotes of $ 25,000 to $ 35,000.
(Report by Jill Serjeant and Angela Moore, edited by Rosalba O’Brien)