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Paddle8 Presents The Muhammad Ali Sale, Tuesday, October 1 – Thursday, October 17

Ali, a sale of art celebrating Muhammad Ali, including extraordinary photographs of some of the most iconic moments in his career, in and out of the ring.

Online auction house Paddle8 is pleased to announce Ali, a sale of art celebrating Muhammad Ali, including extraordinary photographs of some of the most iconic moments in his career, in and out of the ring. A portion of proceeds from the sale will benefit the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona.

Bidding opens on Tuesday, October 1 at 5 PM EST, and closes Thursday, October 17 at 6 PM EST, at Highlights of Ali include:

Andy Warhol, Muhammad Ali: The Fist, 1978 (estimate: $14,000–18,000)
An extraordinary close-up of Ali’s mighty fist. Warhol was fascinated by Ali’s athletic talent and public persona and made this screenprint from a photograph that he shot as part of his “Athletes” series the year earlier. Before printing the image, Warhol worked the surface with paint to create the illusion of movement.

Shepard Fairey, Muhammad Ali, 2006, screenprint. (estimate: $1,200–1,800)
A screenprint based on Michael Brennan’s legendary portrait of Ali during a training session. According to Fairey, “I’m not a big fan of boxing, or organized sports in general, but athletic competition can highlight an inspiring human spirit to triumph over great odds. Muhammad Ali embodies that spirit.”

Neil Leifer, Victorious Muhammad Ali after knocking out Cleveland Williams in the third round to retain heavyweight title, 1966, archival print. (estimate: $2,000–3,000)
Neil Leifer's striking overhead photograph of a victorious Muhammad Ali standing tall as the defeated Cleveland Williams sprawls unconscious on the ring following their 1966 Houston fight.

Michael Brennan, Everlast, 1977 (estimate: $9,000–11,000)
Brennan’s striking portrait of Ali during a break in a fight, his face covered in sweat. The photograph is signed by both Brennan and Muhammad Ali.

About the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center

The Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center (MAPC) and Movement Disorders is a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence and an outstanding resource for people with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders. The Center was established in 1997 by Muhammad Ali, Philanthropist Jimmy Walker, and Dr. Abraham Lieberman to combine clinical and research expertise with community support and emotional care. The MAPC is part of the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona.

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is the online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the Internet. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: curated sales of works under $100,000, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. Founded by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur, Paddle8 eases the sale and acquisition of art and collectibles via a fully online auction model, offering the lowest available commissions, no public sales records, and extended auction visibility and timelines, enhanced by educational content, in addition to automated post-sale services.

For further information, please contact Sarah Goulet,

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