1966 Muhammad Ali Original Artwork by LeRoy Neiman....
The "1966" date, applied in the same pencil as the artist's signature, found the Heavyweight Champion actively defending his title, with five victories that calendar year including George Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, Karl Mildenberger and Cleveland Williams. We also note that a nearly identical image was utilized for the official on-site poster for his 1970 contest with Jerry Quarry.
The daring use of color that elevated Neiman to the peak of his trade is in full effect here, the mid-1960's vintage finding both athlete and subject in their respective primes. The heavy watercolor paper measures 26x20.25" in size, with a museum-quality framing bringing the complete dimensions to 37.75x31".
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