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

1939 WA&AC Churchman Kings Of Speed Jesse Owens PSA 5 EX
$21.49

1936 Alfa #4 Jesse Owens Rookie (RC) -- BVG 8 -- RARE, Highest graded
$1,800.00

1935 ICN Display Poster 12x19 Sport Champs Joe Louis Jesse Owens Mickey Cochrane
$60.00

RARE ADIDAS JESSE OWENS USA OLYMPIC TRACK JACKET Large stitched logos
$24.99

Jesse Owens Black and White Giclee Print 1936 The Berlin Olympics
$100.00

1988 Jesse Owens US Mint Congressional Medal Bronze
$16.95

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

OSU Columbus Clippers Jesse Owens Bobblehead SGA 7 29 12 Olympic Gold Medalist
$33.99

Jesse Owens Inscribed 1936 Olympics Program PSADNA Signed Autographed V24353
$499.00

Set of 4 JESSE OWENS 1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS SAMMELWERK PHOTO CARDS OLYMPIA BOOK
$54.99

NASHVILLE BANNER NEWSPAPERS 1910-1947 JESSE OWENS, LOUIS SCHMELLING, DODGERS WIN
$80.55

1970 Jesse Owens Postcard
$45.00

adidas d lillard 2 Size 10 Bhm Jesse Owens What The Jordan
$65.00

Jesse Owens and Rafer Johnson 1960s Jim Beam Whisky Ads. , Framed
$24.95

1972 Diamond Dinner Magazine Multi Signed Autographed With Jesse Owens Loaded
$999.99

1936 Reemstma #33 Jesse Owens Rookie (RC)
$10.00
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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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