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 SIGNED Photo Autograph PSA DNA X25114
$379.00

1936 Jesse Owens Sidol-Werke Siegel #61 PSA 6 EX-MT
$99.99

JESSE OWENS IN CHICAGO
$19.95

1991 Impel US Olympic Hall of Fame #1 JESSE OWENS PSA 10 Gem Mint
$34.99

1936 Alfa card Jesse Owens etc
$650.00

JESSE OWENS RARE 1940`S SIGNED JSA CERTED PROGRAM AUTHENTIC AUTOGRAPH
$389.00

JESSE OWENS PSA DNA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED POSTCARD AUTOGRAPH
$299.00

JESSE OWENS JSA AUTHENTICATED SIGNED FRAMED PHOTO AUTOGRAPH
$345.00

JESSE OWENS AUTOGRAPH 5X7 PHOTO PSA DNA SIGNED
$393.00

JESSE OWENS - DOCUMENT SIGNED 11 08 1953 CO-SIGNED BY: KEN MURRAY
$7,500.00

1936 Reemstma Olympia #57 JESSE OWENS Rc BVG 7.5 !! Olympic Rookie !!
$89.99

1936 Berlin Olympics JESSE OWENS PSA 8 100m Gold Medal Olympic Ticket
$2,899.95

1936 Reemstma Olympia #34 JESSE OWENS Rc BVG 6 !! Olympic Rookie !!
$68.99

1936 Olympic 4 x 100 Meter Gold Medal Ticket PSA 5 JESSE OWENS
$499.99

1951Berk Ross Panel 3-17 3-18 Jesse Owens PSA 8 (OC)
$100.00

Jesse Owens 1972 Wiko Card Outstanding Condition! Tough Card!1936 Olympics
$36.99
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