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  • Ali, Obama and Jordan Black Americana collectibles auction in US online sale
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    Paul Fraser
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Ali, Obama and Jordan Black Americana collectibles auction in US online sale

Collectors can celebrate Black History Month when around 250 lots of Black Americana items, including rare art, appear in an internet-only auction based in Northbrook, Illinois, which ends on February 24.

Among the sale's highlights are artworks by noted artists such as Romare Bearden, LeRoy Neiman, Mary Ann Rose, Peter Mars, Nathaniel Barnes and Essud Fungcap.

The various rare artworks for sale depict numerous Black American icons, including Michael Jordan, legend Muhammad Ali, President Barack Obama, Billie Holiday, Nat "King" Cole, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and others.

An original portrait on canvas of a scene from the movie The King and I is expected to emerge as the auction's top lot. It is estimated at $20,000-$35,000. The oval image is entitled We Kiss in a Shadow, and originally appeared on a collector's plate distributed by the Bradford Exhange.

If you're a sports memorabilia collector, then the sale will also offer a number of signed limited-edition prints by LeRoy Neiman. Neiman is one of America's most famous contemporary sports artists.

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'We Kiss in a Shadow' - an original painting of a scene from the King And I

His works for sale include a piece titled Muhammad Ali - Athlete of the Century. It has been double-signed by Ali and Neiman (estimated at $7,500-$8,000). Also auctioning is a serigraph of NBA star Michael Jordan which is expected to bring $11,900-$14,375.

Ali is a great example of a sportsman whose legacy and achievements transcended sport, and he remains an icon of his era. No wonder, then, that the average value of his autograph has risen by £950-995 (or 4.74%) over the past 12 months.

A great image from Ali's 1960s heyday is a photograph of The Greatest posing alongside the Fab Four, then still enjoying the rush of Beatlemania. This photo was taken on February 18 1964 at Ali's training camp, and then autographed by the fighter.

In comparison to the $7,500-$8,000 estimate carried by LeRoy Neiman's Muhammad Ali - Athlete of the Century artwork, our signed Ali/Beatles photograph is priced at just £1,950 ($3,093). Click here to find out more.


  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
  • AliObama and Jordan