Some of the best paintings by Mohammad Ali, one of the best heavyweight boxers of all time, were recently auctioned. Those pictures have sold for 1 million dollars there.
According to the BBC, 26 of Mohammad Ali’s paintings were recently put up for auction at the Bonhams Auction House, a New York-based auction house.
Among these paintings, the painting ‘Sting Like AB’ has been sold at the highest price. A buyer bought the picture for 4 lakh 25 thousand dollars.
Mohammad Ali’s real name was Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. He was born in 1942 in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1964, at the age of 22, he defeated the then heavyweight boxing champion Sally Liston to win the World Heavyweight Championship.
The following year, in 1975, he joined the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Mohammad Ali. He converted to Islam in 1975.
In his professional life, Mohammad Ali has competed in a total of 61 heavyweight boxing matches, winning 56 of them. He retired from boxing in 1970.
The world’s best boxer of all time was both a poet and an anti-apartheid activist. In addition to all this, the world knew for the first time that he was also a painter.
Mohammad Ali was a cultural icon of a generation, said Helen Hall, director of popular culture at Bonhams Auction House, before taking the paintings up for auction. Among the paintings we have found are boxing, civil rights, religion, world peace and humanity. These were related to his heart.
Mohammad Ali painted the painting ‘Bee Sting’ in 1986, which was sold at the highest auction.
He died in Arizona, USA in 2016 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.