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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JESSE OWENS Track & Field USA 1981 SVIJET SPORTA CARD Rare!
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Jesse Owens 1935 Muratti Cigarrettes Card! Stunning condition Rare USA Olympics
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Jesse Owens 1972 Wiko Card Outstanding Condition! Tough Card!1936 Olympics
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1987 Jesse Owens Ohio Sport Legends Pin
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1936 FRANCK CARD Olympics WIDEJUMP GOLD USA JESSE OWENS S 15 # 2
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1936 FRANCK CARD Olympics 200 Mtr Run GOLD USA JESSE OWENS S 11 # 2
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1936 Cremer CARD Berlin Olympics GAMES 4x400 MTR Hurdles USA GOLD JESSE OWENS
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CASSIUS CLAY MUHAMMAD ALI 1971 MANAMA 5 STAMP SET JOE FRAZIER JESSE OWENS THORPE
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1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS JESSE OWENS RC MUHLEN FRANCK SET + MILDRED "BEBE" DIDRIKSON
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1991 Impel US Olympic 29 Athletics Card Lot Jim Thorpe Bruce Jenner Jesse Owens
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*Jesse Owens * Muhlen Franck Card 1936 olymics Long jump. *LOOK*
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Boxer Joe Louis With Jesse Owens 1930s 8x10 Reprint Of Old Photo
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1936 Muhlen Franck Olympia #2 JESSE OWENS Rc BVG 6 Olympic Rookie !!
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