On December 3, 2012, American boxing legend Muhammad Ali was crowned “King of Boxing” at the 50th World Boxing Council Convention in Cancun and rightly so, the former heavyweight world champion did not only inspired aspiring sportsmen by being the greatest of all time, but also inspired fans with his values outside the ring. However, did you know he liked to draw between fights?
A 24-piece collection of his original cartoon-style artwork, reflecting his interest in religion and social justice outside of him in the ring, is up for auction. At the height of his career in 1964, he announced his conversion to Islam.
Fans have gone mad since his treasure trove of artwork was auctioned off in New York City, as his passion for sketching after a fight or training, as a way to relax, is less well known. Recently, auction house Bonhams Popular Culture announced the auction titled “It’s A Knockout!”
They revealed: “On October 5th, Bonhams New York will be offering rare and important items related to the history of boxing, baseball and other sports … The auction is highlighted by a collection of memorabilia #MuhammadAli from the Rodney Hilton Brown Collection, as well as a selection of pieces for baseball legends #BabeRuth, #JoeDiMaggio and #LouGehrig, all of which are part of the Jim & Theresa Sports Memorabilia Collection (sic).
The presenters added: “Here is a pair of #Everlast gloves worn in combat by Muhammad Ali from 1977. Estimate: $ 3000-5000 (sic).”
In another post, a video of the compilation of Muhammad Ali’s works was shared with the boxer’s quote: “I am the greatest! I said it before I even knew I was. He shared: “Bonhams is happy to offer a rare collection of original works of art by the one and only Muhammad Ali… To many, this may strike you as news that Ali has been an artist his whole life (sic) . “
Ali’s interest in drawing was nurtured by his father Cassius Clay Snr, a professional artist. Growing up, Ali continued to paint and draw informally on subjects close to his heart, including boxing, civil rights, world peace and humanitarianism. He later enlisted in art classes from sports artist LeRoy Neiman.
His Black Jet painting, made in 1977, is expected to fetch US $ 15,000 to 20,000 or INR 1,100,000 to 1,500,000, Sunset with Tree of Life drawn in the same year is expected to fetch US $ 15,000 to 20,000 or 1,100,000 at 1,500,000 INR and Moon Over The mountains, also painted in the same year, are expected to fetch between 15,000 and 20,000 US dollars or between 1,100,000 and 1,500,000 INR.
The same goes for the rest of the other 21 works.
Follow more stories on Facebook and Twitter