ALI, MUHAMMAD. B.1942. U.S. Passport Signed ("Muhammad Ali") Twice, [Dublin, July 19, 1972].

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Lot 116
ALI, MUHAMMAD. B.1942.
U.S. Passport Signed ("Muhammad Ali") Twice, [Dublin, July 19, 1972].

US$ 25,000 - 35,000
£ 19,000 - 27,000
ALI, MUHAMMAD. B.1942.
U.S. Passport Signed ("Muhammad Ali") Twice, [Dublin, July 19, 1972]. 20-page printed booklet with photograph, various stamps and manuscript notes, signed by Ali on p 2 and on his photograph on p 3, original stiff wrappers gilt-lettered, minor rubbing, excellent condition.

MUHAMMAD ALI'S ORIGINAL PASSPORT USED BETWEEN JULY 1972 AND MARCH 1974: A TREMENDOUSLY PERSONAL ITEM FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF HEAVYWEIGHT BOXING, covering a 20-month period with 8 professional bouts.

This passport was issued at the U.S. Consulate in Dublin, Ireland as a temporary replacement for a lost or stolen passport. On September 14, 1972 it was extended to July 1977 but by March of 1974 it was already full of visa, entry and exit stamps. The issue date of the passport was the same as Ali's fight in Ireland: he defeated Alvin Lewis in Croke Park on July 19, 1972 with a TKO in round 11. Ali had been in Ireland for eight days already and has returned twice since, once to visit Ennis, the birthplace of his great-grandfather.

The passport is chock full of stamps relating to Ali's other fights in this important stage of his comeback, directly preceding the Rumble in the Jungle. It covers a period during which Ali had eight professional fights, including bouts with Ken Norton (his only loss in this span) and Floyd Patterson. Stamps include a visit to Morocco right before his exhibition fight in Barcelona on August 1, 1972 against Gregorio Peralta, and to Indonesia to fight Rudi Lubbers in Jakarta on October 20, 1973. Interestingly, this passport bears a specific stamp permitting Ali to "perform" four days later at the National Stadium in Singapore. In addition to stamps from Philadelphia, London, Beirut and Cairo, also included are the Venezuelan stamps that evidence Ali's attendance at the bout between George Foreman and Ken Norton on March 26, 1974 in Caracas. Foreman annihilated Norton and established Ali as the definite underdog in the upcoming fight in Zaire. The interview with Ali after this Caracas fight is a classic, with his bravado and tactical brilliance in perfect form.
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ALI, MUHAMMAD. B.1942. U.S. Passport Signed ("Muhammad Ali") Twice, [Dublin, July 19, 1972].
ALI, MUHAMMAD. B.1942. U.S. Passport Signed ("Muhammad Ali") Twice, [Dublin, July 19, 1972].
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