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Ali-Liston Gloves Fetch Nearly 1 Million at Auction

A century-old, signed photo of Shoeless Joe Jackson and the gloves worn by Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston fetched more than $1.1 million Saturday at an auction in New York City. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions said the gloves sold for $956,000 and the photo brought in over $179,000.

The gloves were worn by the boxers during their infamous 1965 rematch. Ali won with a first-round knockout that some saw as a "phantom punch." The gloves were seized by boxing commissioner George Russo. They remained in the family until a California collector purchased them years ago.

The autographed photo of Jackson comes from a scrapbook owned by a Cleveland family. Jackson is mostly remembered for being banned from baseball for his role in the 1919 World Series scandal. Jackson was illiterate and rarely signed anything but paychecks and legal documents, making his autograph among the rarest in sports.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Deontay Wilder on 02-21-2015

That's awesome. If I was Ali right now, I'd be like "give me some gloves to sign! Bring a whole truckload" And then grab sharpie and start signing them... lol

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