Artwork stolen off wall at Muhammad Ali Center in Kentucky

BY foxsports • October 25, 2016

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Artwork showing Muhammad Ali in a classic pose, in white trunks and red boxing gloves, was stolen from the Muhammad Ali Center in a brazen theft.

Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says the signed print of a painting by LeRoy Neiman was taken Saturday. He says the artwork is valued at $5,000. Mitchell says investigators are trying to locate ''a person of strong interest.''

The signed artwork was displayed in the Ali Center's LeRoy Neiman Gallery.

Ali Center spokeswoman Jeanie Kahnke says security has been increased to prevent similar thefts.

Neiman, who died in 2012, was best known for his brilliantly colored images of sporting events and leisure activities.

Ali died in June at age 74 after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

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