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    1974 African Beaded Belt Presented to Muhammad Ali Upon Arrival for "Rumble in the Jungle." The people of Zaire get high marks for craftsmanship with the presented lot, but not so much for spelling. Countless hours of skilled work was required to create this impressively detailed gift for the legendary fighter upon his arrival in Kinshasa, an inventive variation on the Championship belt, though the center area bungles the names a bit as "Mohammed Ali, Klay." The craftsman also seems to have underestimated Ali's size, as the belt clasps at thirty-two inches. Yellow leather verso is autographed by Dundee in 10/10 black sharpie, with the playful inscription, "Trainer of Cassius Klay." Included is a signed letter of provenance on Dundee's personal letterhead, reading, "This African trade bead miniature fighter's belt was given to Muhammad Ali when we got off the plane by President Mobutu and the Zaire people. Notice they spelled his name wrong!" Letter of provenance from Angelo Dundee. Pre-certified by PSA/DNA (Dundee autograph). Auction LOA from James Spence Authentication (Dundee autograph).

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2012
    3rd-5th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 13
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