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Ali memorabilia to raise funds for Parkinson's charity

A collection of Muhammad Ali memorabilia, hand-signed and donated by the celebrated boxer to a Parkinson's disease charity will be sold here next week.

world Updated: Oct 17, 2010 12:02 IST

A collection of Muhammad Ali memorabilia, hand-signed and donated by the celebrated boxer to a Parkinson's disease charity will be sold here next week.

The three-time world heavyweight champion was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of the nervous system, in 1984, aged 42.

He has donated 22 lots to Parkinson's UK to aid the research and support provided by the charity. One of the highlights of Bonham's Sporting Memorabilia sale of October 20 is a boxing glove (estimate 600-800 pounds), on which he has written, "Service to others is the rent that we pay on earth for our room in heaven."

The lot also includes a photocopy of a 1964 magazine cover featuring Sean Connery which is signed by Ali and a detailed COA from Tim Shanahan detailing how the glove was signed on January 23 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverley Hills to raise funds for Parkinson's disease.

Other important items include a sketch by Ali (estimate 300-400 pounds); a black and white signed photograph of Ali (estimate 150-200 pounds); a collection of six pictures and associated letters (estimate 400-600 pounds); and a signed reproduction magazine cover of 'Life' from March 6, 1964 (estimate 200-250 pounds)