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    1974 Muhammad Ali "Two Time World Champion" Ring Presented to Drew "Bundini" Brown. The stunning upset of a seemingly invincible George Foreman in Zaire, a bout immortalized in sports history under the name "The Rumble in the Jungle," set this exceedingly rare and significant ring into production, but if you've never seen one before, that's little surprise. Only Ali's inner circle enjoyed the honor of ownership, with this particular model presented to Ali's longtime cornerman Drew "Bundini" Brown.

    This victory is widely considered the most important of Ali's career, not only for David vs. Goliath storyline, but also for the bout's status in returning Ali to the throne from which he had been unjustly evicted due to his conscientious objection to the Vietnam War draft. This elite significance, and the derivation from Bundini Brown's personal collection, elevate this ring to the pinnacle of collecting desirability.

    A large diamond is set into the ring face beneath the star and crescent of Islamic iconography. A larger red stone forms the base of this display, encircled by raised text reporting, "World Champion." Left shank identifies Brown as the owner above the details of Ali's first trip to the mountaintop: "Ali TKO Liston 6, 1964." Left shank completes the tale: "Ali KO Foreman 8, 1974." Interior band is stamped "Jostens 10K" and measures to a size eleven (11).

    "I met Bundini Brown, who was Ali's celebrated corner man. He invented the famous quote "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." He had fallen on some hard times and sold me these two rings in the early eighties."




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    December, 2015
    18th-20th Friday-Sunday
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