Police Manhunt After Iconic Muhammad Ali Print Stolen in Legend's Hometown
Police in Louisville, Kentucky are searching for a suspect believed to have stolen a signed print of a Muhammad Ali portrait worth $5,000 from the walls of the eponymous Muhammad Ali Center.
Louisville Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell confirmed that a man took the piece – by the late artist LeRoy Neiman, and signed by Ali before his death earlier this year – from the center at around 1pm on Saturday.
Mitchell said investigators are currently trying to locate “a person of strong interest.”
The print features an image of the former world heavyweight champion in white boxing trunks and red boxing gloves standing against an orange background. It was stolen from the LeRoy Neiman gallery at the center.
Muhammad Ali Center spokeswoman Jeanie Kahnke said that additional security measures have been put in place to prevent any further incidents.
The center, in Ali’s hometown of Louisville, showcases his legendary boxing career and the humanitarian causes championed by ‘The Greatest’ during a phenomenally colorful career inside and outside the ring.
Ali died in June aged 74, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.