Jesse Owens’ Olympic medal

An Olympic gold medal presented to Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics has been sold for $US 1,466,574 (including buyer’s premium) – the highest price paid at auction for any Olympic memoribilia.

The gold medal was one of four that were presented to the black American athlete at the 1936 games. The medal, which is not identified as being for a specific event, was once owned by dancer and movie star Bill “Bojangles” Robinson.

The previous Olympic record auction price was $US 865,000, paid in April 2012 for a silver cup won by the winner of the first modern-day Olympic marathon in 1896.

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