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.

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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.

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JESSE OWENS &Ralph Boston Rare Signed Program (JSA)
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1977-1979 SPORTSCASTER #01-04 JESSE OWENS ITALY POP 3 PSA 10 X1545807
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1993 Annual Jesse Owens Track Classic Program Autographed by OSU Robert Smith
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1935 baseball FB scrapbook, Red Grange, ND, Gehrig, Jesse Owens, r311 cards more
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JESSE OWENS Signed Photo(Twice), 1936 Olympic Gold Medalist, JSA Authenticity
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OLYMPIA 1936 JESSE OWENS IN BLANKET OLYMPICS USA PHOTO CARD
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RARE First Annual Olympic Dinner 1991 Washington DC Jesse Owens Souvenir Card
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1977-79 Sportscaster Jesse Owens #01-04 PSA 8
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JESSE OWENS Olympics 1936 Franck Color Coffee Card # 2 Super Rare Olympian Card
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JESSE OWENS - ANNOTATED ALBUM LEAF SIGNED WITH CO-SIGNERS
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72 1977 SPORTSCASTER TRACK & FIELD CARDS-JESSE OWENS - BRUCE JENNER - KIP KEINO
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JESSE OWENS: 1937 OGDENS CARD, PSA 7.5, NM+!!!!
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JESSE OWENS Track & Field USA 1981 SVIJET SPORTA CARD Rare!
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1987 Jesse Owens Ohio Sport Legends Pin
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Starting Lineup Timeless Legends 1996 Jesse Owens
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