Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic Gold Medal Sells for Nearly $1.5 Million

Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic Gold Medal Sells for Nearly $1.5 Million

Update (12/9/13): The Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic Gold Medal sold for $1.46 million yesterday. The amount is the highest ever paid for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The buyer is Ron Burkle, co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Jesse Owens set a pair of Olympic records at the 1936 games. One of his gold medals is expected to break one more when SCP Auctions sells it in December.

It is one of four gold medals won by Owens at the games that year in front of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Owens won gold medals for the USA in the 100 meter, 200 meter, 400-meter relay and long jump. He also broke a pair of Olympic records in the process. It is not known which event this medal comes from.

Jesse Owens 1936 Olympic Gold Medal

After the Olympics, Owens gave the medal to actor Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, who was able to help the athlete find work in Hollywood.

SCP Auctions, which is based out of California, is selling Jesse Owens gold medal on behalf of the estate of Robinson's late widow, Elaine Plaines-Robinson.

The medal is expected set a record for Olympic memorabilia and top $1 million.

Bidding opens on the SCP Auctions website on Wednesday, November 20, running through Saturday, December 7.

Other high-profile items in the auction include Shane Victorino's series-clinching grand slam ball from Game 6 of the 2013 ALCS, a 1949 Jackie Robinson game-used bat, a 1955 World Series Jackie Robinson game-used bat and the highest graded Jackie Robinson single-signed baseball.

Top eBay Listings

Jesse Owens Autographed Sports Illustrated Olympics Track & Field Records Wheel
$275.00

ARCO. Jesse Owens Games. Original Button & Field Pass Button.
$19.99

Jesse Owens DOUBLE Signed AUTO Autograph Program Olympics Track JSA Letter PSA
$569.00

1936 Aug 9th Braemer & Gull Olympic Card Set 11 12 Jesse Owens
$99.99

Jesse Owens - Olympian "America's Ambassador To Sports" Collector Cover
$27.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS CARD BAGGIOLI 1968
$40.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS CARD BAGGIOLI 1968
$40.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS CARD FILALBO 1960
$40.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS CARD HECO 1960
$100.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS CARD PANINI 1967
$40.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS CARD PANINI 1968
$40.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS CARD PANINI 1971
$40.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS CARD PANINI 1971
$40.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS CARD PANINI BISVALIDA 1971
$40.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS POSTCARD CARPANO 1951
$60.00

JESSE OWENS ATHLETICS STICKER EDIGAMMA 1999
$30.00
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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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