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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

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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