This "Collector's Edition" of GOAT (Greatest of All Time) chronicles the life and achievements of Muhammad Ali and is autographed by its widely acclaimed subject. Measuring 22x22, the sizable volume contains 792 pages of photos and text spanning six decades of Ali's remarkable life. Produced in 2001 by Taschen, the keepsake weighs in at just over 70 lbs. and is signed on a glassine page by Ali. While the translucent surface yields the slightest ink migration, Ali's black marker scripting remains bold and definitively projects ("9") strength and clarity.
Artist Jeff Koons has signed the glassine page, as well. A Koons "Radial Champs" lithograph print accompanies. Limited edition #07840/10,000. The book is in pristine condition, never read and only removed from the original shipping box for photography purposes. All original paperwork is included.
Limited to 10,000 individually numbered copies, each one personally signed by Muhammad Ali and Jeff Koons.
Over 3,000 images - photographs, art and memorabilia, much of it published for the first time - from over 150 photographers and artists. Original essays and the best interviews and writings on the Champ in the last five decades, from hundreds of writers, totaling nearly 600,000 words.
XXL Format: 792 pages, including two gatefold sequences measuring 200 cm x 50 cm (80" x 20") and nine gold-metallic double-page spreads printed in silkscreen, opening each chapter. Measuring 50 cm x 50 cm (20" x 20"), GOAT tips the scales at 34 kgs (75 lbs).
Each copy comes in a silk-covered box illustrated with Neil Leifer's iconic 1966 photo, "Ali vs Williams."
Bound by the official bindery for the Vatican, in pink leather, the color of Ali's first Cadillac. The bindery specializing in the most elaborate and oversized editions of the Koran and the Bible enforces the strictest standards of quality control and only several hundred copies can be assembled per week.
Utilizing state-of-the-art digital technology, no expense has been spared to restore the original photographic materials to the highest possible standards. The results of this effort create unparalleled intensity and range in the colors, and exquisite tone and density within the duotone images.
Howard L. Bingham
Howard L. Bingham has lived in Los Angeles since the age of four. He has worked and studied there, and most importantly perhaps, met his lifelong friend Muhammad Ali there, in 1962. He had no idea who the emerging fighter was when he was assigned by the Los Angeles Sentinel to photograph the young Cassius Clay (Ali still reminds him of this oversight 40 years later). Since then, Bingham has become a highly-respected portrait and reportage photographer, honored with awards in the United States and with his work gracing magazines like Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time and People. His work has been exhibited internationally, but he remains best known for his extraordinary body of work capturing, at close quarters, the many faces of Muhammad Ali. The most powerful expression of this came in his acclaimed 1991 book, Muhammad Ali: A Thirty-Year Journey. He is Principal Photographer and Editorial Consultant of GOAT.