Items from Ali’s career hit the auction block

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Nearly 100 items associated with the life of Muhammad Ali hit the auction block. The sale includes the first Ali heavyweight championship belt ever to be offered at auction. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Items from Ali’s career hit the auction block

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STORY: Heritage Auctions is giving people the chance to step into the ring of history as it sells key items from the iconic life of Muhammad Ali, who passed away earlier this year at the age of 74.

The online-only sale titled “The Greatest,” features the first Ali heavyweight championship belt ever offered at auction, with a pre-sale estimate of $600,000 (USD), which Ali won for his bout against George Foreman in Zaire.

“Talk about more ‘Rumble in the Jungle’, we have his actual boxing trunks from that event, still has perspiration in it. So, maybe you could use this DNA and clone another Ali,” added Kathleen Guzman, Heritage Auctions, New York managing director.

The trunks have a pre-sale estimate of $150,000.

One of the highlights of the 79-lot sale is a handwritten letter Ali wrote to Life magazine editors in 1964.

“He did an interview that morning for Life magazine and he announced that he was changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali,” explained Guzman.

The sale will conclude on Sept. 10.

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