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One of Jesse Owens’ Gold Medals from 1936 Berlin Olympics Goes Under the Hammer

One of four gold medals that American Olympic legend Jesse Owens won at 1936 Olympics in Berlin goes under the hammer by the Laguna Niguel-based auction house, SCP Auctions. One of the most famous Olympic medals in history expected to exceed $1 million in the online auction that runs from Nov. 20 – Dec. 7. “We think this is a seven-figure piece,” SCP Auctions president David Kohler told ESPN. “We expect to see a good deal of international interest and could see some institutions bidding. This is so much bigger than a piece of sports memorabilia. It’s a piece of history.”

Jesse Owens’ 1936 Gold Medal to be auctioned

Owens gave the medal to his friend, the dancer and movie star Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, as a thank you for helping Owens find work in entertainment after he returned from Berlin. The medal is being sold by the estate of Robinson’s late widow, Elaine Plaines-Robinson.

Owens famously won four gold medals ( in the 100- and 200-meter dash, the long jump and as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team) while competing in front of Adolf Hitler in Berlin. Whereabouts of the other three is unknown.

Jesse Owens’ 1936 Gold Medal to be auctioned

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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