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Jesse Owens' 1936 Olympic Gold Medal to Go to Auction

Posted: Nov. 9th, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

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One of four gold medals won by U.S. Olympic champion Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin will be sold via auction. 

The auctioneer, SCP Auctions, will accept bids online from November 20 through December 7. The gold medal is the only one of the four known to still exist, as the whereabouts of the other three are unknown.

The auction house estimates that the sales price of the Olympic gold medal may reach $1 million. It would be the highest price paid for an Olympic medal sold at an auction.  

Jesse Owens gave one his medals to his friend, entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The medal comes from the estate of Elaine Plaines-Robinson, the wife of the entertainer.

…. [Owens] won gold in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and long jump. The achievements of the African American athlete embarrassed German dictator Adolf Hitler, shattering his myth of the supremacy of Aryan competitors.

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