Muhammad Ali’s WBC heavyweight championship belt on auction block

muhammad-ali-belt-wbc-1One of The Greatest’s greatest belts is on the auction block this week.

It’s Muhammad Ali‘s WBC heavyweight championship belt from his win over George Foreman during the “Rumble in the Jungle” fight and it’s being sold by Heritage Auctions.

“The historical significance of the piece, arguably the most significant boxing award ever made available at public auction, is quite simply immeasurable,” reads the Dallas-based auction house’s listing. “Far more than just a trophy of elite athletic achievement, this belt serves as a mute witness to Muhammad Ali’s undaunted pursuit of justice itself, and as a symbol of the myriad complexities of race, religion and patriotism that challenge all of us to this day. It is a truly priceless artifact of the American experience.”

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With slightly more than four days remaining in the auction, the bidding sits at $220,000. It carries an estimated price of more than $600,000 as Ali memorabilia has been among the biggest in all of collecting for the last few years.

What makes this one a big deal?

This belt is one of only two known Ali straps known to exist and the other is locked away in a  private collection. To view the auction, click here.

Update: The belt sold for $358,500.

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