Muhammad Ali 5th Street Gym Original Art Work & Memorabilia. Very Rare
"MUHAMMAD ALI IN MOTION", #1 and #2
THREE HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT PIECES OF CASSIUS CLAY- MUHAMMAD ALI ARTWORK THAT HUNG IN THE 5TH STREET GYM
5TH STREET GYM AND ANGELO DUNDEE ARE CREDITED WITH TRAINING THE GREATEST BOXER OF ALL-TIME
THIS ARTWORK WAS DONE IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS FIGHT AGAINST CLEVELAND "BIG CAT" WILLIAMS IN 1967
It is not the fight that is important here, Ali beat Williams pretty easily as usual, what we have to offer you is a piece of historic importance from not only the greatest boxer of all-time but the most famous boxing gym of our time, Miami's 5th Street Gym. Managed and run by the Dundee family, it was Angelo Dundee who is credited for training Ali and making him who he is today. The original Gym closed down a number of years ago but has had a resurgence with a reopening in a new location, Dundee's name is still attached to it but nothing can recreate history, nothing can bring back the magic the only happens once or twice in a lifetime!
These items come from legendary and now Hall of Fame trainer/corner man Dwaine Simpson. Dwaine worked with Angelo Dundee at the 5th Street Gym and was there for many of the Ali fights. There is a detailed letter from Simpson that comes with this collection, photos listed here show the letter of provenance.
It was just a few short years ago some of the memorabilia from the 5th Street Gym sold in auction. It was the original sign that garnered the press as it bought close to $40,000. Many other pieces sold in that auction, but very few were directly realted to Muhammad Ali or the Casius Clay name.
What we are offering for the first time ever are two pieces of art, done in 1967 by an artisit whose name we cannot locate but we are being told by the consignor he also did art for Sports Illustrated and I am sure other magazines as well. Listed as LC on each piece of art, his talent will never be in question. This is pure vintage late 1960's, done on a black velvet in white paint. Both The 5th Street Gym and Ali must have loved these enough as they hung in the main offices for many years. You can see in one of our photos, these were screwed directly into the wall, both top an bottom of each artwork has two holes. Neither of the holes affects the image and more interesting it lends itself to tan image of he way things were done in a training facilitiy like 5th Street Gym.
Each piece of art is vintage framed to 27 x 18". Black velvet canvas, white images and black and chrome frame..see what I mean...this is so period, 1960's. The images are spectacular, capturing a fight similar to the way LeRoy Neiman would have through out his career and in my opinion, even better.
The collection also comes with an original but laminated press wirephoto from the fight. It is mounted on press board and hand written on the back "2-6-67 Ali-Williams" This was also from the Gym and has mounting holes on the back. It shows we weathering from all the smoke and heat. The photo shows the record crowd and Ali prances around the ring in his white robe. The captioning at the bottom reads;
"Feb 6, 1967, Cassius Clay vs Cleveland Willimas-Housotn Astrodome-Houston Texas"
This is a once in a lifetime opprotunity to own a piece of boxing history, something that is related to a legend so early in his career. This collection has rock solid provenance and will compliment any sports/boxing memorabilia collection.
Letter of Provenance
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