Lot 80110, estimated $ 150K, is the white robe worn by the champion in his match against Sonny Liston in Lewiston on May 25, 1965. For the first time Cassius Clay sports on a ring his new name Muhammad Ali, inscribed in red letters on the back of his garment.
In 1971 Ali prepares his grand come back for the heavyweight title of which he had been deposed in 1967 after his refusal to join the armed forces. He will fight the defending champion Joe Frazier on March 8 at Madison Square Garden.
Meanwhile the audio-visual has made its great revolution : the color television, still in infancy in 1965, is omnipresent in 1971. Ali wants to stay The Greatest. Four days before the event, he reveals to the New York Times that his robe will be red and white, like a king.
This telegenic robe is estimated $ 1M, lot 80111. Matching the shorts, it is made in red velvet enhanced with white satin for the trimmings and the inscription of his name. Inseparable from the images of this match which is aptly described as the Fight of the Century, it becomes a symbol of the first professional defeat of Muhammad Ali. The champion will never wear red again.