Lot # 2416: 1971 Muhammad Ali Handwritten Letter to Robert Goulet

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Item was in Auction "REA Spring 2018",
which ran from 4/13/2018 12:00 PM to
5/6/2018 12:00 PM

One-page handwritten letter, dated "1971," signed by Muhammad Ali. The letter, scripted on United Airlines stationery, was written in Ali's trademark rhyming patter to singer Robert Goulet. In full: "Guess who I meet at the air Port. and he is Really a Sport his Last name is Goulet But it Rhyme's with Clay. he was on his way Las Vegas Thats when he meet us. he he [sic] think's he is Slick he hit Me with a good lick. he lives Good. Like a man should. he get a lots of/ honey, and Makes Much Money. From Muhammad Ali." Both the text and signature are boldly rendered in blue ink and grade "9/10." Given the content, it is probable that Ali and Goulet were on the same flight and Ali quickly penned this short missive as a token of friendship. Interestingly, many years earlier, in 1965, Goulet was chosen to sing the National Anthem at the second Ali/Liston fight, but he mangled many of the lines. He later admitted he had never sung the song before and agreed to do it because he wanted to see the fight. Knowing Ali, he probably playfully reminded Goulet of that embarrassing moment when they met again at the airport in 1971. Our consignor purchased this letter at auction in 2009, at which time it was noted in the lot description that the letter originated directly from Goulet's estate (Goulet died in 2007). The letter (7.25 x 10.5 inches) displays one vertical and four horizontal folds, as well as paper residue on the reverse from its having once been mounted and then removed from an album. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Pre-certified by Steve Grad and Brian Sobrero/Beckett Authentication Services. Auction LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $1,000. Estimate (open).

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