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.

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1991 Impel US Olympic 29 Athletics Card Lot Jim Thorpe Bruce Jenner Jesse Owens
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1939 Churchman JESSE OWENS Kings of Speed # 45 (PSA 7)
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JC JESSE OWENS 1949 British Automatic Card #5 Vtg Running *RARE* SGC 50 VG EX 4
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1936 Olympics Berlin Muhlen Franck #2 JESSE OWENS Ohio State BUCKEYES Run PSA 4
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1936 Reemstma #34 JESSE OWENS Ohio State BUCKEYES Berlin OLYMPICS Metcalfe PSA 3
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1936 Reemstma #31 JESSE OWENS Ohio State BUCKEYES Berlin OLYMPICS PSA 4.5
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1936 Alfa Olymp-Skylt #34 JESSE OWENS Ohio State BUCKEYES Berlin OLYMPICS PSA 4
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1936 Olympics Berlin Muhlen Franck #2 JESSE OWENS Ohio State BUCKEYES Jump PSA 4
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1936 Reemstma #33 JESSE OWENS Ohio State BUCKEYES Berlin OLYMPICS PSA 5
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1970 US Olympic Invitational Track and Field program Jesse Owens Frank Shorter
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THE DOME OF 1937 NOTRE DAME OLYMPIC INTEREST SPORTS JESSE OWENS SET NEW RECORD
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USA OLYMPICS HALL OF FAME (IMPEL 1991) COMPLETE BASE SET -1 + DUPES-JESSE OWENS+
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1936 JESSE OWENS SIDOL-WERKE SIEGEL. PSA 8 (NM-MT) ONLY BEEN 12 GRADED RARE!!
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141254CR OLYMPICS BERLIN JESSE OWENS 400M RELAY AUGUST 10 1936 NEWSPAPER
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Jesse Owens Autographed Framed Ohio State Collage
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1997 Edigamma I Grandi Campioni Dello Sport #16 JESSE OWENS
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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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