AUSTIN (KXAN) — From Muhammad Ali’s fight shoes worn from The Thrilla in Manila to Ringo Starr’s Beatles drum kit used on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” American history and popular culture relics will be on display in downtown Austin Thursday night.
The memorabilia items come as part of Indianapolis Colts’ owner and CEO Jim Irsay’s personal collection that comprises items across genres, from music and pop culture to sports and American history.
On Thursday night, Irsay said this collection acts as is an opportunity to highlight some of the most iconic elements and pieces of American history that are interwoven into pop culture.
The private event showcased items including:
- John Lennon’s sunglasses, bust
- Jerry Garcia’s 1979 Doug Irwin “Tiger” guitar
- Prince’s yellow cloud guitar
- Muhammad Ali’s worn fight shoes, The Thrilla in Manila
- Original manuscript of Alcoholic Anonymous’ “Big Book”
- Letters signed by former U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln
Alongside the relics, the event featured music from The Jim Irsay Band with Mike Wanchic (John Mellencamp) on guitar; Mike Mills (R.E.M.) on bass; Tom Bukovac on guitar; Kenny Wayne Shepherd on blues guitar; Kenny Aronoff (Sir Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones) on drums and Austin-based Michael Ramos (John Mellencamp, Los Lonely Boys) on keys.
Austin was the latest stop for Irsay’s collection. He recently displayed items while previewing exhibits in Nashville and Washington, D.C. Irsay is shopping locations for a permanent museum site to display his collection.