Muhammad Ali’s ‘Fight of the Century’ Gloves Knock Out $606,375

Just a week after selling a Wayne Gretzky rookie card for $465,000 in its live auction in Atlantic City, N.J., Goldin Auctions sold Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves from his epic 1971 fight with Joe Frazier for $606,375 on Aug. 13 during the Goldin Auctions Summer Catalog Auction. In all, the 1,500 lots of memorabilia that sold at the combined live and catalog auction generated $5.8 million in sales.

fightofcenturygloves“The prices realized in our live and catalog auction this week reinforce that the sports memorabilia market is vibrant and that collectors are not only passionate for rare items from legendary figures like Ruth, Mantle, Jordan, Ali and Gretzky, but also the burgeoning market for boxing, hockey and Olympic sports,” said Ken Goldin, founder of Goldin Auctions.

Additional highlights from the catalog auction that closed on Aug. 13 include:

• Lot #104 – 1996-97 Michael Jordan Bulls black road uniform (jersey and shorts) from 4/13/97 game versus Detroit. ($69,825)

• Lot #103 – Michael Jordan 1992 USA Basketball game-used and signed full uniform (jersey and shorts) ($62,475)

• Lot #108 – Tupac Shakur handwritten lyrics from his personal notebook ($31,850)

• Lot #106 – 2014-15 Kobe Bryant game-used Lakers home white jersey worn on 11/16/14 when Kobe scored a season-high 44 points ($29,400)

• Lot #92 – 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics meteorite-embedded gold medal in presentation box. One of just 50 produced ($24,500)

• Lot #101 – 1978 Super Bowl X11 full game ticket for Cowboys-Broncos game. Graded PSA/DNA MT 8 ($23,379)

• Lot #226 – 1991 Washington Redskins Player Super Bowl Ring – Terry Orr ($22,050)

• Lot #72 – 2013 Peyton Manning game-used Broncos road jersey worn on 12-1-13 versus Kansas City during a game in which Manning threw five TD passes ($19,600)

yankee locker• Lot #510 – 1976-2008 Yankee Stadium Locker used by such Yankee greats as Don Mattingly, Graig Nettles and most recently Mariano Rivera. Includes Steiner LOA ($19,600)

• Lot #1018 – Ichiro PSA 10 Trading Card Collection featuring 219 different Ichiro cards all graded PSA GEM MT 10 ($13,475)

• Lot #114 – Pete Rose Autographed Lineup Card from the game in which he recorded hit 4,192 to surpass Ty Cobb’s MLB record ($11,637.50)

• Lot #98 – 1963 Mickey Mantle Topps #200 PSA MINT 9 ($11,637.50)

• Lot #988 – 1966-67 Topps #35 Bobby Orr Rookie Card KSA GEM MINT 10 ($11,025)

• Lot #110 – Ichiro Rookie Season Game-used and signed bat ($11,025).

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