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      There may be no greater honor in all of sports that lighting the cauldron for the Olympics and there was no greater person to have that honor to represent the United States than Muhammad Ali. Ali was selected to light the cauldron at the opening ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia. It was certainly one of the great moments in American sports history, and despite his battle with Parkinson’s disease, Ali was able lifted his shaking hands to light the flame as 85,000 people at Olympic Stadium cheered in unison – and the games of the XXVI Olympiad were underway.

      Offered is one of the torches that was used along the route that had the final destination in Atlanta. This beautifully crafted torch is made of metal on two sides with a wooden handle in the middle. There are two 2-inch wide gold plates wrapped around each of the metal sections. One plate has etched in all of the previous olympic cities with the years they hosted and the other plate has the Atlanta 1996 logo and floral designs. This 32-inch torch is in excellent condition and only minimal scorching appears on the metal where the flame was lit and the metal ends have bowed out slightly. Adding to this phenominal torch are two signatures from Muhammad Ali.  “The Greatest” has signed his name in bold black marker on the wooden handle and inscribed "1996 Atlanta" and also signed "Cassius Clay" with the inscription "Rome 1960". This signed torch comes with a full LOA from PSA/DNA (M09076).

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Minimum Bid: $7,500.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $14,700.00
Estimate: $35,000+
Number Bids: 9
Auction closed on Sunday, August 14, 2016.
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