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Muhammad Ali prints by Andy Warhol expected to fetch over $1 million at auction

Ali is still considered one of the most influential sports figures of the 20th century.

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Muhammad Ali by art legend Andy Warhol. (The Memorabilia Network via SWNS)

By Ed Cullinane via SWNS

A rare set of Muhammad Ali prints by Andy Warhol are expected to fetch more than $1 million at auction.

The set of four is just one of six in existence signed by both men from an edition size of 150, according to the seller.

The lot is being sold in the US later this month and could go for between $800,000 and $1,200,000.

Auctioneer the Memorabilia Network says Warhol was commissioned to do a series dedicated to sports figures in 1977.

Fixated on celebrities, the iconic artist picked some of sport's biggest names - including Ali.

The portfolio was then titled "Muhammad Ali, 1978" and sold, with each print going for $25,000 - a considerable sum at the time.

Muhammad Ali by art legend Andy Warhol. (The Memorabilia Network via SWNS)
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The set being sold is number 139 out of 150.

Also up for grabs in the auction, which runs from October 24 to November 6, is Ali's training robe worn in the lead up to his iconic "Thrilla in Manila" fight with Joe Frazier.

The robe is expected to be sold for anywhere between $25,000 and $35,000.

Over 300 additional items of memorabilia dedicated to the legendary boxer will also go up for sale.

Harlan J. Werner, chief of the Memorabilia Network , is selling parts of his own personal collection in the auction.

"What makes this special is that for the first time I will be able to share stories, talk about how things were acquired, and create a living provenance that collectors, investors and fans, will be able to have in their collections in perpetuity," he said.

“It is, in my view, the most accurate and complete way to allow fans the inside story behind how the items were acquired… by getting the story straight from the source."

Prospective buyers are able to bid using an online system and can visit the auction calendar here.

Ali - nicknamed "the greatest" - died in 2016 at 74. He is still considered one of the most influential sports figures of the 20th century.

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