Rare drawings by boxing great Muhammad Ali sell for nearly $1m

A rare collection of drawings, sketches and paintings by champion boxer Muhammad Ali has sold at auction for nearly $1m, the BBC reports.

Some 26 art works went under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in New York.

One of the most anticipated works, Sting Like a Bee, sold for $425,000, more than 10 times its pre-sale estimate.

Ali is hailed as one of the greatest ever athletes, activist and poet, but his artistic talents are less known.

Bonhams said he drew and painted all his life – encouraged by his father who was a professional artist and eventually taking lessons from sports artist LeRoy Neiman.

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