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Description1978 Muhammad Ali's Personal "Three Times World Champion" Ring. First there was Liston, a bruising underworld thug expected to detach the young Cassius Clay's head from his shoulders. Then there was Foreman, expected to do much the same at the famed "Rumble in the Jungle." And, finally, there was Leon Spinks, who claimed a fifteen-round decision in February 1978 to take the belt, and then surrendered it again in the August rematch to complete Ali's unprecedented trifecta.
Presented is one of the most important Muhammad Ali artifacts ever placed upon the public auction block, commissioned and worn by The Champ to mark his third trip to the mountain top. The regal design is dominated by a crown set within a red stone on the face, three diamonds representing each of Heavyweight Championship attained by boxing's greatest name. "M. Ali, World Champion Three Times" dances the perimeter of the face. Left shank, in Ali's celebrated hyperbole, announces "The Greatest Heavyweight World Champion." Right shank announces "Muhammad Ali, S. Liston-G. Foreman-L. Spinks, '64, '74, '78." Interior band is stamped "10k Jostens." Size is a massive 16.5, suggestive of the "sting like a bee" portion of Ali's world-beating equation.
First person provenance is delivered in the form of a typed letter signed by Ali himself, reading:
To whom it may concern, I, Muhammad Ali, certify that the following item, Muhammad Ali World Champion three times 10 karat gold ring, was the official ring commemorating my third heavyweight championship victory over Leon Spinks, September 15, 1978 in the New Orleans Super Dome.
Full LOA from PSA/DNA (Ali provenance letter). Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (Ali provenance letter).
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