Champ's artistic side to be displayed at Muhammad Ali Center

AP , Sunday 22 Jan 2017

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This image released by the Muhammad Ali Center, shows original artwork created by boxing great Muhammad Ali. When Ali wasn't jabbing or dancing in the ring, he sometimes dabbled as an artist. Now, 15 drawings created by the boxing great are heading to the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., the center announced Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017. The Ali originals are being donated by the foundation created by the artist LeRoy Neiman, a longtime Ali friend. (Photo: Muhammad Ali Center via AP)

When Muhammad Ali wasn't jabbing or dancing in the ring, he sometimes dabbled as an artist.

Now, 15 drawings created by the boxing great are heading to the Muhammad Ali Center in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

The Ali originals are being donated by the foundation created by the artist LeRoy Neiman, a longtime Ali friend.

Ali gave the artwork to Neiman as gifts.

On what would have been Ali's 75th birthday, the Neiman Foundation said Tuesday it will donate 21 works of art valued at more than $500,000 to the Ali Center. The donated works include two Neiman paintings of Ali, including a piece known as the "Athlete of the Century" that's been on display at the center since 2005.

Ali died last year and Neiman died in 2012.

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