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Muhammad Ali signed photograph defeating Sonny Li Arguably the most famous sports photograph of all time - signed by
Muhammad Ali! Huge Photograph Signed "Muhammad Ali" in blue Sharpie.
Black & white, 28.75" x 23.25" visible, double matted in blue and
white to 35" x 29.5". Ali has penned "To" and an indecipherable name
beginning with "B", and, on the next line, "from" above his signature.
Beneath it he's added the year which appears to be "2008." Fine
condition. Standing imperiously over the defeated Sonny Liston, World
Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali seems to be yelling at the former
champion to get up. It only took one minute 42 seconds of the first
round for Ali to win his first bout defending the title he had won from
Liston 15 months earlier. The photograph was taken by "Sports
Illustrated" photographer Neil Leifer. In a 2002 published interview
with Chris Maher and Larry Berman, Leifer talked about the Ali-Liston
fight held at St. Dominick's Arena in Lewiston, Maine, on May 25, 1965:
"Well, I was lucky. I don't want to sound like I'm just being modest
about it. Most good photographers I know, sports or any other kind, have
pretty healthy egos and I'm certainly no exception to that. But sports
photography is a matter of being in the right place. You've got to be in
the right seat. A great example is to the Liston Ali picture. The
photographer you see between Ali's legs is Herbie Scharfman, the other
Sports Illustrated photographer. It didn't make a difference how good he
was that night. He was obviously in the wrong seat. What the good
sports photographer does is when it happens and you're in the right
place, you don't miss. Whether that's instinctual or whether it's just
luck, I don't know." Spence LOA ... Edited for formatting purposes. More
information is always available.