A knockout exhibition to honour legend Ali

Wellingborough Sportsframe Ltd  Muhammad Al exhibition: gallery manager Adam Gascoigne, with some of the paintings.'10/01/12
Wellingborough Sportsframe Ltd Muhammad Al exhibition: gallery manager Adam Gascoigne, with some of the paintings.'10/01/12
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Boxing legend Muhammad Ali will be honoured by a unique exhibition being held at a Wellingborough gallery.

The exhibition opens tomorrow at the Sportsframe gallery, in Nene Court, The Embankment.

It is believed to be the only display of both Ali artwork and memorabilia being held to coincide with the sporting legend’s 70th birthday.

Fans can visit the gallery to view, or even purchase some of the rare items that will be on display.

Gallery owner Adam Gascoigne said: “Ali is not just a global sporting legend, Olympic gold medal winner, the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Century and GQ magazine’s Athlete of the Century, he is also a recognized humanitarian, having received the United Nations Messenger of Peace and Amnesty International’s lifetime achievement award.

“I think he’s possibly one of the greatest sporting icons of the 20th century.

“This is the only exhibition, to our knowledge, to bring Ali art together with memorabilia under one roof.

“Ali transcends boxing and this official artwork will be highly collectable, appealing to art collectors as well as boxing enthusiasts.”

Each piece of art is approved and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Muhammad Ali Enterprises.  

Contributors to the exhibition include British artist Paul Oz, who is also an official artist for the Bruce Lee family, and American artist Joe Petruccio, who in 2006 was chosen by MGM and Sylvester Stallone to create a series of paintings to honour 30 years of Rocky.

The World Boxing Council is also supporting the exhibition and sending two pieces of artwork.

Rare items of memorabilia include a worn pair of Ali’s boxing gloves and tickets and programmes from the 1960 Olympic Games. Items costing between £150 and several thousands of pounds will be on sale.

The exhibition ends on January 31. For details, call the gallery on 01933 442627.