Art­work stolen off wall at Muham­mad Ali Cen­ter

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Art­work show­ing Muham­mad Ali in a clas­sic pose, in white trunks and red box­ing gloves, was stolen from an ex­hibit while it was open to the pub­lic at the Muham­mad Ali Cen­ter. Surveil­lance cam­eras recorded the brazen theft, and a man­hunt was un­der way for a sus­pect.

The signed print of a paint­ing by LeRoy Neiman, val­ued at $5,000, was taken around 1 p.m. EDT Satur­day, Louisville po­lice spokesman Dwight Mitchell said Tues­day. He said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were try­ing to lo­cate “a per­son of strong in­ter­est.”

The signed art­work was dis­played in the Ali Cen­ter’s LeRoy Neiman Gallery when it was taken.

The cen­ter in Ali’s home­town of Louisville show­cases his ca­reer as a three-time heavy­weight box­ing cham­pion and the hu­man­i­tar­ian causes he fought for through­out his adult life.

The cen­ter pro­motes six core prin­ci­ples Ali es­poused — con­fi­dence, con­vic­tion, ded­i­ca­tion, giv­ing, re­spect and spir­i­tu­al­ity.

Ali died in June at age 74 af­ter a long bat­tle with Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

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