Larry Holmes Boxing Archive a Knockout Addition to Grey Flannel’s June 5 Summer Games Auction Highlights: Holmes’ signed Heavyweight World Championship Belts + Tyson, Ali, other legendary boxers’ ring-worn memorabilia
News-Antique.com - Jun 01,2013 - WESTHAMPTON, N.Y. – The gloves are on, and it’s time for boxing fans to choose their corners and bid aggressively on a fantastic selection of championship boxing memorabilia in Grey Flannel’s June 5 Summer Games Auction. Fifty-seven lots in the 613-lot major sports auction are devoted exclusively to professional boxing, with the centerpiece being an archive of career collectibles that the consignor obtained directly from Larry Holmes.
Several offered items from the Holmes archive will transfer with an irrefutable form of provenance that is, in itself, a valuable collectible – a photo of Holmes holding the actual item. Additionally, all Holmes lots will be accompanied by a letter of authenticity (LOA) from Grey Flannel Auctions.
Some of the greatest moments in Larry Holmes’ stellar boxing career will come to life in Grey Flannel’s June 5 sale. Among the top highlights of the unique and very personal Holmes archive are Lot 610, the Edward J. Neil Memorial plaque awarded in 1978 by the Boxing Writers’ Association of New York ($2,500 reserve), and Lot 613, the WBC Heavyweight World Championship Belt Holmes earned that same year when he defeated Ken Norton at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas ($2,500 reserve). The impressive green leather championship belt with a massive, decorative center medallion emblazoned “World Champion W.B.C.” is signed by Holmes in black felt-tipped marker: “My original WBC belt – Larry Holmes.”
Few boxers have achieved a record that can match that of the mighty “Easton Assassin.” During his professional years, Holmes won 69 of 75 fights and scored 44 knockouts. He was World Heavyweight Champion from 1978 through 1985 and was inducted into The International Boxing Hall of Fame on June 8, 2008. His boxing odyssey can be tracked, one opponent at a time, through the items in Grey Flannel’s auction.
In 1968, Holmes – then 19 years old – entered the ring for the first time as an amateur. Three years later, he was sparring with the great Muhammad Ali. In 1973, Holmes turned professional. He and Ali would cross paths again, as evidenced by Lot 596, an oversized, hand-painted Everlast boxing glove used in 1980 to promote “World Heavyweight Champion Larry Holmes vs. Challenger Muhammad Ali” in a Las Vegas title fight. The jumbo gold-colored glove has a $500 auction reserve.
Lot 607, the gloves Holmes wore – and later autographed – in his June 19, 1992 World Heavyweight Championship fight against then-reigning champ Evander Holyfield are offered together with a framed ticket from the match and a color photo of the two boxers going at each other in the ring. The lot requires a minimum bid of $1,000.
Lot 608, the red and white personalized Everlast trunks Holmes wore in his Sept. 21, 1985 fight versus Michael Spinks are photomatched to the Sept. 30, 1985 cover of Sports Illustrated. A $1,000 reserve has been placed on this item.
In addition to the previously mentioned 1978 WBC Championship belt, there are two other Holmes championship belts in the auction: Lot 611,