- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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When Muhammad Ali memorabilia hits the auction block, it typically draws strong interest and prices. That's no surprise given his global popularity and historic significance.
If someone wants to spot me a ton of cash, I'd be happy to buy some of it. Barring that, I'll have to amuse myself by drooling over the auction listings and watching what stuff sells for.
Julien's Auctions, which has auctioned off all sorts of sports and entertainment memorabilia, closed an auction on Saturday at its Beverly Hills, Calif., gallery that contained a bunch of Ali material from the collection of Harlan Werner. According to the auction house, "Werner traveled with Ali to numerous countries and various states throughout the U.S. and throughout his time with Ali amassed a huge collection of memorabilia and personal items."
Here's a look at what some of the Ali items sold for:
• A 1960 AAU National Amateur Boxing Championship's Most Outstanding Boxer award that Ali won when he was still Cassius Clay: $35,200.
• A 1981 training-worn and signed robe: $31,250.
• An Ali-signed and inscribed LeRoy Niemen serigraph: $22,500.
• A 1967 Rocky Marciano-typed and signed letter regarding Ali's conversion to Islam: $20,000.
• An Ali- and Joe Frazier-signed 1971 uncut ad card sheet: $16,000.
• An Ali-signed 1966 Olympic torch and display: $15,360.
• A Clay-signed program from Clay-Sonny Liston I in 1964, when he won the heavyweight championship for the first time: $12,500. As a program collector, this item was my favorite.
• An Ali-signed WBA title belt: $7,680.