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Grapevine: Muhammad Ali items up for auction

Muhammad Ali’s trunks and gloves up for auction, Ian McKellen turns down Sean Parker’s wedding request and more celeb news

Stephanie Steinberg
The Detroit News

Muhammad Ali’s trunks, gloves up for sale

Want to be the owner of the trunks Muhammad Ali wore for his “Rumble in the Jungle” victory over George Foreman? Or how about the legendary boxer’s 1964 letter to Life magazine, in which he describes his conversion to Islam? If you can put down $150,000 for the trunks or $100,000 for the letter — the estimated auction prices — you could own some of the boxing champion’s most significant possessions. (Ali’s boxing gloves are a bit more affordable, valued at roughly $4,000.) Heritage Auctions, based in Dallas, is organizing the auction with 93 items from collectors around the world. “With the recent passing of Muhammad Ali, we have received telephone calls from collectors all over the world seeking important pieces from his life and career,” Chris Ivy, director of Heritage Sports Collectibles, said in a statement. “We are proud to answer with this, the most significant Ali auction ever assembled.” Bidding ends at on Sept. 10. Ali — who resided in an 85-acre estate in Berrien Springslater in his life — died June 3 at age 74. He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

‘Anne of Green Gables’ coming to Netflix

The coming-of-age children’s book “Anne of Green Gables” is the latest series coming to Netflix, the streaming service announced Monday. Canadian writer Moira Walley-Beckett, who won an Emmy for the AMC drama “Breaking Bad,” will pen the eight-episode series titled, “Anne,” based on the 1908 novel by Canadian Lucy Maud Montgomery. Production is expected to start in Ontario, Canada, next month and will be available on Netflix and CBC in Canada next year. The series, which features the adventures of orphan Anne Shirley, will be directed by Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”) and produced by Miranda de Pencier (“Beginners”) — making an all-female production team. fhIn a statement, Netflix vice president of content Elizabeth Bradley said, “Anne Shirley is one of Canada’s greatest gifts to the world, known and loved internationally, so we’re thrilled to be working with the CBC and Northwood to bring this charismatic character to both new and old fans around the world.”

Gandalf ‘doesn’t do weddings’

Actor Ian McKellen, otherwise known as Gandalf in “The Lord of the Rings,” turned down a $1.5 million offer from Napster founder Sean Parker to officiate his wedding dressed as the wizard, according to the Daily Mail. “I was offered $1.5 million to marry a very famous couple in California, which I would perhaps have considered doing, but I had to go dressed as Gandalf. So I said, ‘I am sorry, Gandalf doesn’t do weddings,’ ” said the 77-year-old actor to the British tabloid. The Mail learned of McKellen’s officiate refusal over the weekend. Parker’s Lord of the Rings themed-wedding was held in a castle in a California redwood forest in 2013. The Facebook founding president — worth $2.4 billion, according to Forbes — married singer Alexandra Lenas.

Also …

■ The MotorCity Harley-Davidson Music & Food Festival is Friday through Sunday at the new Harley-Davidson dealership at 24800 Haggerty in Farmington Hills. The free event will feature Scott Stapp, the voice of Creed, 9-10:30 p.m. Friday; Sebastian Bach, the voice of Skid Row, 9-10:30 p.m. Saturday; and Ace Frehley, the original guitarist of Kiss, 8-9:30 p.m. Sunday, among other live performances.

■ Singer-songwriter Mayaeni, a Detroit native, will perform Saturday for Neighborhood Flavor, a block party, from 2-7 p.m. at the Majestic Theater grounds at 4140 Woodward. The free event, presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, includes food and cocktails. RSVP at

Compiled by Stephanie Steinberg

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