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Lot # 946: 1970s Muhammad Ali Worn and Signed Everlast Boxing Shoes (Gifted to Personal Photographer, Lowell Riley)

Starting Bid: $3,000.00

Bids: 10 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Summer Classic 2022",
which ran from 8/28/2022 7:00 PM to
9/17/2022 10:00 PM

Muhammad Ali had it all - the tremendous hand speed, the sparkling prose, and the "pretty" face. But perhaps the most significant weapon in his arsenal was his mesmerizing, balletic footwork. These calf-high white boxing shoes were worn in training by the one-and-only "Greatest" and gifted to his personal photographer, Lowell Riley, with Ali later adding his signature and inscription. Full inscription reads, "To Lowell Riley from Muhammad Ali/Enjoy life, it's later than you think, 6-26-87." Everlast labels are inside each tongue and fine use is shown on both. Worthy of note - this is the same style that Ali wore in fights and training; though we have not exhausted all options of these possibly being worn in a fight, we are selling them as used by Ali while training since they have not been conclusively matched to a fight. That majestic footwork allowed Ali to "Float like a butterfly..." while winning the Heavyweight Championship three times and completing 19 successful title defenses.

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