Jul 25, 2022
By Jeremy Logan
Muhammad Ali’s championship belt from his 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” heavyweight title fight was sold at auction on Sunday for $6.18 million.
According to Heritage Auctions in Dallas, the winner of the heated competition for the belt was Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
Via Twitter Sunday, Irsay confirmed he acquired the belt for his collection of rock music, American history and pop culture memorabilia that is currently touring the country.
The belt will be displayed on August 2nd at Chicago’s Navy Pier and on September 9th in Indianapolis.
“Proud to be the steward!” Irsay tweeted.
“After several hours of watching two bidders go back and forth over this belt, this proved to be a battle worthy of the Rumble itself,” Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions, said in a statement.