Jim Irsay buys Muhammad Ali’s belt for $6.18 million

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Colts owner Jim Irsay has added one of the most expensive pieces of sports memorabilia ever sold to his collection.

Irsay confirmed this morning that he was the buyer of Muhammad Ali’s championship belt from his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight title fight against George Foreman. Heritage Auctions revealed that the purchase price was $6.18 million.

The belt will be displayed for the first time on August 2 in Chicago, and then will go on display on September 9 in Indianapolis, Irsay said.

Irsay has spent tens of millions of dollars on his collection, which also includes everything from a Jackie Robinson bat to the original “Wanted” poster for John Wilkes Booth to Prince’s guitar to Paul McCartney’s original “Hey Jude” lyrics.

9 responses to “Jim Irsay buys Muhammad Ali’s belt for $6.18 million

  1. If any of us had that kind of money we would be buying classic cars and stuff like Irsay does. At least he displays the things he buys so fans can enjoy them as well.

  2. I was lucky enough to have Ali autograph a book for me. While waiting, there was a guy a few folks in front of me who appeared to be as big as George Foreman. Ali was getting ready to sign his book and looked up at the guy and started to play around sparring w him saying he looked way too much like big George. Ali always the entertainer.

  3. His money , his collection. What can you say? At least there’s something to visit and see next time in Indianapolis.

  4. Jim Irsay is nothing more than a spoiled rich kid who never had to work for anything in his life. Sad to see such a precious artifact of one of America’s greatest sports heroes go to a bum like Irsay.

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