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Check out this week's The411 with Sherlene Shanklin for July 15th

by Sherlene Shanklin

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 11:13 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 8 at 4:43 PM

The411:  Welcome to this week's The411.  We all know him as Louisville's own Muhammad Ali but do you know his birth name and the significance it has today? A collector has a rare find when it comes to Cassius Clay.     
RR Auction in New York is looking for the highest bidder when it comes to a rare letter that Cassius Clay wrote to a fan on October 18, 1961.  I spoke with the auction house by phone and Bobby Livingston says he can't disclose who the owner is but verifies the young champions signature and the authenticity.  

Livingston-"We've been doing this for 30 years and we've had millions of submissions to our auctions.  we do it every month so nobody has seen more Cassius Clay items than we have.  Over the years we’ve seen every authentic as well as the attempts at forgery.  Yes, again we have examples of his hand writing that we can refer to also we bring in specialists to look at all of our autographs to make sure we get it right."    

According to Livingston there's only three handwritten letters of Ali before he was champion at the age of 19.  His record was only 8 and 0 back then.  The fan was asking for an autograph photo which Ali did not have because he was fairly new to the boxing profession so he wrote them a letter instead.  From looking at the address it was sent from Louisville to Ontario, Canada.    At last check the letter was going for $10,000.  The auctioneer believes it could double that before the auction is closed.

If you believe you have some items of Muhammad Ali and/or any other famous Kentuckians that you are willing to part with you can contact the RR Auction at or by calling 603-732-4280.   

There's a lot going on this weekend like the One Plus One Golf Scramble, the Fifth Annual Tommie Smith Youth Track Meet,   and auditions for Ralphie Parker in a Christmas Story at Actors Theatre.  If you have an event send it to I'm Sherlene Shanklin for WHAS11 News.     

The411 Events & Activities Calendar
Compiled by Ronneka Blakemore & Sherlene Shanklin

Lady Gaga
Thursday, July 15
Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Nappy Roots
Friday, July 16
Vogue Theatre, Indianapolis

Fourth Street Live!'s Free Summer Concert Series
Jason Jones  
Friday, July 16th
Show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Wharf Fun Fest

Saturday, July 17
4th St. Wharf (directly in front of Belle of Louisville)
For more information, please contact David Grants with BUZZ Advertising and Marketing  (502)458-2899 or visit

Fourth Street Live!'s Free Summer Concert Series
Blues Traveler
Saturday, July 17th  
Show begins at 8:00 p.m.

Louisville's BEST Wedding Show

Sunday, July 18th
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Frazier International Museum

Free Full Line Gospel Concert
Sunday, July 18th
Fifth Street Baptist Church, 1901 W. Jefferson
4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Interactive art exhibit of advocacy and healing for survivors of personal violence
July 15th-18th
Spalding University Library
Huff Gallery

St. Mary's Navilleton 104th Church Picnic in Floyd Knobs
Sunday, July 18th
9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.