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

1936 Alfa #4 JESSE OWENS Rookie - BVG 8 - RARE Pop. 1, none higher (B
$2,275.00

Jesse Owens & others  handwritten autographs! 
$150.00

1988 Jesse Owens US Mint Congressional Medal Bronze
$17.95

2016 Topps Five Star JESSE OWENS CUT SIGNATURE AUTOGRAPH AUTO 1 1 OLYMPICS B4468
$774.99

1954 Topps Scoop #128 Jesse Owens - Jesse Owens Races Horse GOOD
$58.50

1954 Topps Scoop #128 Jesse Owens - Jesse Owens Races Horse GOOD
$58.50

1961 Clevedon Confectionary Sporting Memories 21 Jesse Owens PSA 1 only 1 higher
$68.99

1964 Nestle Los Juegos Olimpicos 116 Jesse Owens PSA 5 EX NQ Pop 1 none higher
$109.99

1977-1979 SPORTSCASTER JAPAN #01-04 JESSE OWENS PSA 10 Pop 2
$29.95

1970 Jesse Owens Postcard
$45.00

RX590 Jesse Owens & Ralph Metcalfe Track Superstars 8x10 11x14 Colorized Photo
$13.95

RX590 Jesse Owens & Ralph Metcalfe Track Superstars 8x10 11x14 Colorized Photo
$19.95

RX590 Jesse Owens & Ralph Metcalfe Track Superstars 8x10 11x14 Colorized Photo
$29.95

RX590 Jesse Owens & Ralph Metcalfe Track Superstars 8x10 11x14 Colorized Photo
$32.95

Jesse Owens and Rafer Johnson 1960s Jim Beam Whisky Ads. , Framed
$19.96

JESSE OWENS 1948 Topps Magic Photos Hocus Focus Track&Field #1E Olympic Gold(1E1
$30.00
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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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