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 autograph PSA DNA 9 (V12272)
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1936 Jesse Owens Olympic Ticket 1st Gold Medal PSA DNA 23197578
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RARE: Jesse Owens Olympic 1936 Tobacco Card by Kosmos - NEVER seen on Ebay US !!
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1936 REEMSTMA #31 JESSE OWENS ROOKIE GRADED PSA (EX) SUPER RARE "IN BERL
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Cigarette Card 1936 Berlin Olympics GAMES Athlet Jesse Owens Gold Medal USA .
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PHOTO CARD OLYMPIA 1936 JESSE OWENS 100 METER
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1951 Berk Ross #3 Jesse Owens PSA 6 EX-MT (OC) USA Olympics Track Gold Medal
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Jesse Owens Signed Sports Illustrated vintage photo personalized
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1951 Berk Ross Track #68 Jesse Owens EX+ J312057
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1951 Berk Ross Track #68 Jesse Owens EX+ J358040
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1951 Berk Ross Track #68 Jesse Owens EX+ J418504
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Authentic Original 1936 Olympics lot: unused postcard + JESSE OWENS photo card
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1951 BERK ROSS DOUBLES PANEL 3-17 YVONNE SHERMAN 3-18 JESSE OWENS PSA 9 OC
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OLYMPIA 1936 JESSE OWENS IN BLANKET OLYMPICS USA PHOTO CARD
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JESSE OWENS SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED PSA DNA OLYMPICS TRACK 83303300
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Jesse Owens Autographed Sports Illustrated Olympics Track & Field Records Wheel
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