Jesse Owens 1963 Olympic Gold Medal: YouWager Story

If you have the money, YouWager experts would like to inform their readers that Ooe of the most famous Olympic medals is up for grabs.

According to SCP Auctions president David Kohler his company has acquired one of the four gold medals won by Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin and will be going to the highest bidder on Dec. 7.

In 2012 online sports betting fans learned about the highest price ever paid for a piece of Olympic memorabilia and it was an outstanding $865,000 paid for a silver cup won by the winner of the first modern-day Olympic marathon in 1896.

Some of the highest price paid for U.S. Olympic items include the gold medal won by Mark Wells from the 1980 Olympic ice hockey team, sold for $310,700 in 2010, as well as the jersey from the famous “Miracle on Ice” game worn by team captain Mike Eruzione, which sold for $657,250 in February.

The Owens gold medal was allocated to SCP by the estate of Elaine Plaines-Robinson, the wife of entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a close friend of Owens who passed away in 1949.

This is all documented in the biography “Mr. Bojangles,” and the auction house has documentation from the book’s author, N.R. Mitgang, that he saw it in Robinson’s house in the late 1970s. Moreover, the test the authenticity of the medal also relies on the fact that SCP Auctions said it brought in Olympics medal expert James Greenfelder, who certified it was the genuine article.

Owens, who was 23 at the time, famously won the four medals in the 100- and 200-meter dash, the long jump and as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team.

This auction, which begins on Nov. 20 and closes Dec. 7, will also have items such as two bats belonging to Jackie Robinson — one he used during his 1949 MVP season and another which the auction company says he used during the 1955 World Series, the only title the Los Angeles Dodgers won in Brooklyn.

In May 2012, SCP Auctions sold a Babe Ruth New York Yankees jersey, believed to have been worn around 1920, for a whooping $4,415,658, the highest price ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia.


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