Ali’s works for sale were traditional nature paintings, while others were more personal cartoon-like sketches.

Muhammad Ali poses during the Crystal Award ceremony at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, in this January 28, 2006 photo.

Muhammad Ali poses during the Crystal Award ceremony at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, in this January 28, 2006 photo.
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A boxing sketch in felt pen by the late
Muhammad Ali has sold for more than $425,000 at an auction in New
York of his little-known art works, some of which
went for many times over estimates.

The sketch, called “Sting Like a Bee,” and drawn on paper in
1978 was the most sought-after work among more than 20
paintings, drawings and sketches by the former heavyweight
champion that reflected Ali’s interest in religion, social
justice and his own career. It carried a pre-sale estimate of
$40,000 to $60,000.

“Ref, he did float like a butterfly and sting like a bee!”
reads the speech bubble from a boxer knocked out by an opponent
whose arms are raised in victory. Ali famously used the phrase
to describe his boxing style.

Bonhams auctioneers said that 26 art works by Ali sold for a
total of $945,524, more than three times the lower end of
estimates. “Sting Like A Bee” was bought by a British-based
collector of Ali memorabilia, Bonhams said. Other buyers were
not identified.

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Little known passion
Ali’s passion for art was little known but he liked to
sketch as a way of unwinding after a fight or training. Some of
the works for sale were traditional nature paintings, while
others were more personal cartoon-like sketches.

A 1979 red, white and blue painting on canvas, with the
words “I Love You America,” sold for $150,000, while a 1967
sketch in felt pen comparing Islam to Christianity fetched
$24,000.

The former world heavyweight champion, who announced his
conversion to Islam in 1964 after winning the title for the
first time when he went by the name Cassius Clay, died in 2016
at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

His paintings and drawings came from the collection of Rodney Hilton Brown, who worked with Ali on his art.

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Source: Reuters



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