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Lot 103: The Fight. 1971
30 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Artist: CELESTINO PIATTI (1922-2007) Size: 30 x 45 in./76.3 x 114.5 cm Known as "The Fight of the Century," this first boxing match between Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali on March 8, 1971, at Madison Square Garden has become legendary. "A personal note: I wanted to create the poster for this fight, but Madison Square Garden, which had laready made arrangements with Leroy Neiman, refused to allow it and I could not use the name of this venue nor the name or image of the fighters. How to create a poster nonetheless? I approached the American Congress of Racial Equality, which had been permitted to hold a live closed-circuit viewing at the State Armory in Harlem, and asked if I could create a poster for that viewing. I commissioned the art from my friend, the great Swiss graphic artist, Celestino Piatti, and he provided this image -- possibly the only fight poster ever created which did not mention the fighters or the place of their fight. Free copies were given to the organizers who effectively used it to promote their event." - Jack Rennert (ali, african-american)
Condition Report: A/ P.
Dimensions: 30 x 45 in./76.3 x 114.5 cm
Artist or Maker: CELESTINO PIATTI (1922-2007)