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    Presented to a member of the legendary boxer's entourage

    1978 Muhammad Ali' "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.

    In August 2011, Heritage Auctions proudly presented Muhammad Ali's personal example of this low-production ring, crafted only for himself and those fortune enough to fly in his orbit. That personal model commanded $60,000, a figure that would surely be dwarfed if it were presented again today.

    The regal design is dominated by a crown set within a red stone on the face, three faux 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 substantial thirteen and a half (13.5).


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    September, 2016
    10th Saturday
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