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    The Greatest records his final knockout!

    1976 Muhammad Ali Fight Worn & Signed Trunks from Richard Dunn Bout. ''So, you've taken sixty-seven parachute drops. Well, I want you to mark this down now: you have one more big drop to come, a big, hard drop. It's going to be the longest, sharp drop you've ever had.''

    It was classic Ali, taunting his next opponent, former British Territorial Army paratrooper Richard Dunn in a filming of the popular television show, "This Is Your Life," in the lead-up to their May 24, 1976 meeting at the Munich Olympiahalle. In point of fact, the reigning Heavyweight Champion would outperform his prediction, sending the southpaw challenger to the canvas three times in the fourth round and twice more in the fifth. Dunn attempted to resume the contest after his fifth knockdown as Ali windmilled his right arm in anticipation, but the referee properly interrupted Dunn's clumsy stagger toward further damage, waving off the fight. The vanquished Brit was classy in defeat:

    "It goes on forever, that night. I think it was the best sporting moment of my life. Even getting there and walking down to the ring and waiting for him to come in was phenomenal. It was just a good fight. He was the best man on the night and that was it. I had no arguments with [the stoppage]."

    Heritage Auctions has been privileged to present many of the most significant Ali items that exist to the collecting community, including gloves and/or trunks from both Liston bouts, the Rumble, the Thrilla, and many more. We're enormously pleased to introduce yet another elite relic from the sport's foremost practitioner to our clientele, the trunks Ali wore as he recorded the final knockout victory of his storied career.

    They come to us from the ex-wife of Waldemar Hartmann, a well-known television sports journalist in Germany who was assigned the role of Ali's personal attendant during his two weeks in Munich. As the included letter of provenance tells us, "Mr. Hartmann was in the locker room with Ali after the fight. Ali pulled out the trunks and presented them to my ex-husband, who gave the trunks to me." The provenance is also documented in a June 4, 2016 article in the Munich, Germany-based periodical Tz--a link to a translated version will be made available at our online listing.

    The historic garment appears in Ali's most recognizable and coveted style--white satin with black trim--and bears the "Made Expressly For Muhammad Ali" text on the "Everlast" label that confirms the thrilling provenance. The trunks exhibit fine wear from that dominant display in Deutschland, and a magnificently bold and large black marker autograph that appears to have been applied when the trunks were still damp with sweat. It is, quite simply, a picture-perfect representation.

    Joining the trunks and the aforementioned letter of provenance is a 9x7" photograph snapped at ringside that pictures Mr. Hartmann in the ring beside Ali as he tended to his ring announcer duties that evening. The photo bears another large and bold black marker autograph from the Heavyweight Champ. Two unsigned snapshots complete the lot. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Letter of provenance from ex-wife of Ali's attendant in Munich. Full LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    August, 2019
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