Color, 1965. Dye-transfer print. Signed and inscribed in ink to Neil Leifer by Muhammad Ali “To Neil Leifer, Thank you for such a great picture, from Muhammad Ali.” Signed in ink by Neil Leifer. Lot also includes one 11 x 14in. portrait of Neil Leifer and Muhammad Ali, more than forty years after the original photo, holding a copy of the image being offered here. This 11 x 14in. portrait is also inscribed and signed to Neil by Muhammad Ali, dated 12-1-08.
Fight fans around the world universally agree that the Cassius Clay (now known as Muhammad Ali) vs. Sonny Liston fights changed the world of boxing—and the world of sports—forever. A brash, young, Cassius Clay remained a relatively unknown athlete, despite his Olympic Victory in 1960, four years prior. This lightly regarded pro-heavyweight was pitted against the fearsome Sonny Liston, who was, at the time, the reigning World Heavyweight Champion. Cassius Clay’s victory in their first fight—a major upset—shocked the whole world… More at liveauctioneers.
It sounds like a crazy price, but it is the most iconic Ali photo of all time.