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TRACK & FIELD: Record US$1.4m for Jesse Owens’ Olympic medal at auction

Published: Monday December 9, 2013 | 10:08 am Comments 0
This November 19, 2013 photo shows track and field star Jesse Owens\' gold medal. – AP
This November 19, 2013 photo shows track and field star Jesse Owens' gold medal. – AP
In this August 11, 1936 file photo, Olympic broad jump medalists salute during the medals ceremony at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. From left on podium are: bronze medalist Jajima of Japan, gold medalist Jesse Owens of the United States and silver medali
In this August 11, 1936 file photo, Olympic broad jump medalists salute during the medals ceremony at the Summer Olympics in Berlin. From left on podium are: bronze medalist Jajima of Japan, gold medalist Jesse Owens of the United States and silver medali
This handout provided by SCP Auctions, Inc., shows the front (left) and back (right), of one of Jesse Owens\' four gold medals won at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. – AP
This handout provided by SCP Auctions, Inc., shows the front (left) and back (right), of one of Jesse Owens' four gold medals won at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. – AP
In this August 14, 1936, file photo, Jesse Owens competes in one of the heats of the 200-meter run at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. – AP
In this August 14, 1936, file photo, Jesse Owens competes in one of the heats of the 200-meter run at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. – AP

One of the four gold medals won by US athletics legend Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics has been sold at auction for more than US$1.4 million.

The auction took place yesterday.

It was the highest price ever paid for a piece of Olympic memorabilia, almost doubling the previous record of US$865,000 paid last year for a silver cup won by the winner of the first modern-day Olympic Marathon in 1896.

The medal was sold by SCP Auctions on behalf of Elaine Plaines-Robinson, wife of entertainer Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson, who was a close friend of Owens before he passed away in 1949.

Owens died 31 years later in 1980.

Long before the days of Usain Bolt or Carl Lewis, Owens was one of the sport’s first superstars.

He famously won four gold medals in the 100, 200, Long Jump and 4x100-metre Relay at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin with Adolf Hitler looking on.

It is not known exactly which of the four medals was sold at the auction as there are no markings on it.

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