A rare collection of drawings, sketches and paintings by boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, has sold at auction for nearly 1 million dollars (£733,760).
About 26 art works were auctioned at Bonhams auction house in New York with the auction company revealing that most anticipated art works, Sting Like a Bee, sold for $425,000 (£311,853), more than ten times it's pre-sale estimate.
Muhammad Ali is one of the greatest athlete, activist and poet, but his artistic talents are less known.
Below are the artworks of Muhammad Ali which were sold for nearly 1 million dollars;
During his lifetime, he drew and painted as he was inspired by his father, who was a professional artist.
"Muhammad Ali was a cultural icon who defined a generation. His artworks depicts those subjects close to his heart; Boxing, Civil Rights, Religion, and World Peace and Humanitarianism", said Helen Hall, Bonhams Director of Popular Culture, before the sale.
The art works were put up for auction by art collector and friend, Rodney Hilton Brown, who revealed that Muhammad Ali drew his first three pictures for him after a fight in Boston in 1977. The total sale price of $945,524 (£693,788) was three times more than had been estimated.
Sting Like a Bee was painted during the filming of Freedom Road in Mississippi in 1978 and is the only work to include a complete Muhammad Ali poem, Bonhams said.
It says; "Ref! he did float like a butterfly and sting like a bee! Yes, if you were smart you run like me!".
Muhammad Ali often described his boxing style as floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.
Meanwhile, a 1979 red, blue and white painting on canvas, with the words, "I love you America", sold for $150,000 and a 1967 sketch in felt pen comparing Christianity to Islam was sold for $124,000.
Ali unfortunately died in 2016 at the age of 74.
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