Fall, 2017 Ringside and Premier Auction
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With a reign that lasted nearly ten years, Archie Moore held the World Light Heavyweight championship longer than any other prizefighter, "The Old Mongoose" recording the most career knockouts (132) in boxing history.  Moore ranks fourth on The Ring's list of "100 greatest punchers of all time," serving the great Rocky Marciano his first career knockdown in a 1955 Heavyweight Championship match and holding the honor of being the only boxer to fight both Marciano and Muhammad Ali.  The San Diego native finished his career with an astonishing record of 185-23 with 11 draws.  He also trained a young Cassius Clay, and in 1974 helped train George Foreman for his "Rumble in the Jungle" bout against Ali.  In the 1960s, he also appeared in multiple television shows and films as a character actor, most notably as the runaway slave Jim in the 1960 film adaptation of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Moore passed away of heart failure in 1998, just shy of his 82nd birthday.  

A storied boxing landmark, the San Diego Coliseum was home to Archie Moore in 1935 when his professional career began, the Champion residing in San Diego from the 1960s through his passing.  Another great champion, Ken Norton, who also made his home in San Diego, fought at the Coliseum.  

When the time came to memorialize Moore at his funeral, it was Ken Norton that took on the task of recognizing Moore's greatness with one final toll of the ringside bell, and it was the original bell from the site of Moore's very first matches - the San Diego Coliseum - that was chosen.

Presented here is that bell - the ringside bell from the San Diego Coliseum, tolled by Ken Norton at Archie Moore's funeral, and signed and inscribed by Norton.  The bell is functional, in outstanding condition, with Norton's inscription and signature clear and bold.  The bell has remained in the collection of a noted San Diego hobbyist and sports historian until now.

Also included is a binder of information on Moore's career (along with a signed card of Moore), the funeral itself, and several photographs of Norton signing the bell, each signed and inscribed by the great heavyweight (Four Norton signatures accompany the bell - three on photos of him signing the bell, and one on a handwritten card).  A tremendous and somber collectible, recognizing one of the greatest fighters in history, an artifact from a storied boxing arena, signed by one of the sport's tremendous heavyweights.

Incredible Archie Moore Final Count Bell From San Diego Boxing Coliseum - Signed By Ken NortonIncredible Archie Moore Final Count Bell From San Diego Boxing Coliseum - Signed By Ken NortonIncredible Archie Moore Final Count Bell From San Diego Boxing Coliseum - Signed By Ken NortonIncredible Archie Moore Final Count Bell From San Diego Boxing Coliseum - Signed By Ken Norton
Incredible Archie Moore "Final Count" Bell From San Diego Boxing Coliseum - Signed By Ken Norton
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Auction closed on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
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