Boxing fans are going to love reading this post. Over the years, there have been some major celebrities in the boxing world who have captured our hearts and imaginations. From time to time, certain pieces of memorabilia have come onto the market and sold for astronomical prices. Today, we’re going to spend some time looking at the most expensive boxing items ever sold at auction. It’s a good idea to keep your eyes open for these pieces because they could become available for resale soon. That said, you might have to remortgage your family home to get hold of them.
Muhammad Ali’s gloves from the Zora Folley fight
In 1967, Muhammad Ali successfully defended his world title against newcomer Zora Folley. The fight took place in New York City, and it was viewed by millions of people around the world. Ali’s boxing glove from that bout sold at auction in 1997. The highest bidder paid $29,900 for the items. That was a shocking amount for gloves he wore for less than an hour.
Muhammad Ali’s fight worn robe
Muhammad Ali fought Chuck Wepner on March 24, 1975. His robe from that event sold in 2005 at a top sports memorabilia auction. The bidder ended up paying $30,000 to take the robe home. Not the cheapest purchase he’d made that week, but one that got him into the headlines.
Joe Frazier;s robe from Thrilla in Manilla
In 2008, the robe worn by Joe Frazier during his Thrilla in Manilla fight sold at auction for no less than $40,000. It was his third and final fight against Muhammad Ali. Unfortunately, Frazier lost, but only because his manager threw in the towel.
Muhammad Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle trunks
Ali’s Rumble in the Jungle fight against George Foreman was deemed one of the most important bouts of his career. The trunks he wore that night sold at auction in 1992 for $57,500. Ali was only 32 when that fight took place, but it is still remembered as his best performance ever.
Muhammad Ali’s Thrilla in Manilla trunks
While Joe Frazier’s robe might have sold for only $40,000, the trunks Ali wore that day raised a significant amount more. In 2012, they sold for a staggering $100,000 at auction. When asked why he had paid so much money, the buyer simply states that Ali was a legend, and he now owned a piece of history.
Muhammad Ali’s Fight of the Century trunks
Now we’ve arrived at the most expensive piece of boxing memorabilia ever sold. In November 2011, Muhammad Ali’s Fight of the Century trunks sold for an amazing $173,102 at auction. Nothing has since raised that much cash and no item looks set to do so in the future.
If you ever see any of those items listed on the market, you should buy them as quickly as possible. They will only increase in value as time moves forward. Unsurprisingly, most of the items we’ve mentioned today have come from boxing legend Muhammad Ali. They just don’t make fighters like that anymore.