The champ is still the champ. Two pairs of boxing gloves from historic Muhammad Ali fights each brought $385,848 in an auction of memorabilia from the estate of famed trainer Angelo Dundee. The gloves each set record prices for the most valuable boxing memorabilia ever sold, according to SCP Auctions, which was given charge of the Dundee collection.
More than 150 items from Dundee’s decades as a trainer were offered and they brought a combined $1.3 million in the auction, which closed early Saturday morning.
Gloves from Ali’s bouts with Floyd Patterson and George Chuvalo sold for $66,734 and those from a 1962 bout with Archie Moore brought more than $50,000. The prices included a 20% buyer’s premium.
Dundee, who also trained Sugar Ray Leonard, kept mountains of memorabilia from his fighters, dating and inscribing much of it. Leonard’s gloves from his famous 1980 “No Mas” fight with Roberto Duran sold for $34,243.
A robe attributed to use by Ali in the 1975 Joe Bugner bout brought $27, 584.
The auction cements Ali’s place as one of the world’s most collected athletes. Over 13,000 items are on eBayat the moment.
The remainder of the auction concludes Saturday night/Sunday morning with items from the Ozzie Smith collection, a Mickey Mantle warm-up jacket, Babe Ruth sweater and T210 Old Mill baseball card of Joe Jackson among hundreds of items up for grabs.