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"Athlete of the Century" Serigraph by leRoy Neiman

Item # LT-3738


2001 Limited Edition 254/850
Autographed by Muhammad Ali and leRoy Neiman
Medium: Serigraph
Dimensions: 42" x 28"
Certificate of Authenticity included

One of Neiman's most significant works: a magnificent portrait of a great athlete created by a great artist. Neiman adds Ali to his incredible body of work and in so doing, names him the Athlete of the Century. The serigraph is from the artist's oil painting of Ali, based on sketches he made in 1964. It was during this time period that Ali changed his name from Cassius Clay, won his first of three world heavyweight titles, and defended that title successfully with a first-round knockout of Sonny Liston. Neiman said, "All of my experiences and observations of Ali are summed up in this portrait. This painting is for me the quintessential, colorful, confident Ali. It shows his fighting face, with that theatrical flair, that is so familiar to the world and epitomizes a career that extended to a public far beyond the boxing ring. He was fast with his rhetoric and swift with his fists, and the intent of the painting and print is to emphasize his boundless energy."

Limited to just 850 pieces, autographed in pencil by both the subject and the artist.

Authenticated by Steve Jackson Authentications and Online Authentics

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