Turns out Muhammad Ali was also a $1M contemporary artist

Muhammad Ali's art in a frame.
(Image credit: Muhammad Ali/Bonhams/OnlyGFX/Future)

Nearly everyone knows of Muhammad Ali and his incredibly successful boxing career, but it may come as a surprise to discover that Ali was an artist. The boxer's art has recently fetched a handsome amount of money at auction. 

The floating, stinging cultural icon is known for his boxing, activism and poetry, but perhaps less known for his artistic talents. However, 26 of his rare artworks came up for auction recently and have sold for nearly $1m. Ali used a range of paints, pencils, pastels and felt pens to create his colourful collection. If you fancy having a go at creating your own art, make sure you check out our guide on all the art supplies you need to start. 

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Amelia Bamsey
Staff Writer

Amelia is Creative Bloq’s Staff Writer. After completing a degree in Popular Music and a Master’s in Song Writing, Amelia began designing posters, logos, album covers and websites for musicians. She now enjoys covering a range of topics on Creative Bloq, including posters, optical illusions, logos (she's a particular fan of logo Easter eggs), gaming and illustration. In her free time, she relishes in the likes of art (especially the Pre-Raphaelites), photography and literature. Amelia prides herself on her unorthodox creative methods, her Animal Crossing island and her extensive music library.