June 18th, 2014 Summer Games Catalog Auction (#41)
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/19/2014
Muhammad Ali sought the solitude necessary for him to properly train for upcoming fights following his forced hiatus by the US Government. A gentleman from Reading, Pennsylvania (who had gotten entry to Ali as a result of sitting in the front row of all of his fights) suggested that he could train at his farm. After finding the country setting to his liking, Ali carved out his personal training camp 20 miles away where he trained for all the many fights he had from 1972 until the end of his career. The door from this camp was removed when the camp’s current owner realized the significance of the hand written poems and etchings. 79” x 36” x 2” door. Most noticeably, “VITAMINS” is written across the top in yellow. Pen and pencil etching surrounds the exterior. Down the middle is a poem that was written after the death of a friend that reads, “Bub” - “All the wealth - In the world - cannot buy a friend;” - “Or pay for - the loss - of one!!!” - “Ali”. This historic piece with the memory of one of this century's greatest icons is one of the most significant pieces that can be offered. Sourced from Deer Lake’s original owner. Accompanied by a Guernsey LOA, stating that Ali wrote the poem, which we are unable to confirm.
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