The gloves Muhammad Ali wore for his six-round thriller against Sonny Liston in 1964 have sold at auction for $837,000 (£523,100),

The Heritage Auction in New York took place almost 50 years to the day after Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, stood up to Liston in Florida.

The signed gloves were expected to go under the hammer for $500,000 (£312,000).

A Heritage Auctions spokesman tells The Bleacher Report, "These are the very gloves that Ali wore when he claimed his first heavyweight championship 50 years ago and, given the attention these received from media and fans all over the world, and the spectacular price they achieved, it's clear that Ali is just as loved and respected today as he's ever been."

The gloves belonged to the estate of Ali's legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who died in 2012.

Dundee's son parted with various items of boxing memorabilia to help the family cover Dundee's medical bills and funeral costs.

Among the other highlights at the sports memorabilia auction: a World Series pocket watch belonging to Babe Ruth, which went under the hammer for $717,000 (£448,000), and 'Shoeless' Joe Jackson's used baseball bat, which fetched $956,000 (£598,000).