LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — An Olympic gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.4 million in an online auction.
SCP Auctions says an anonymous bidder paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The online auction ended Sunday.
Owens won gold in the 100- and 200-meters, 400 relay and long jump at the games attended by Adolph Hitler, who used the Olympics to showcase his ideas of Aryan supremacy.
According to the auction house based in Laguna Niguel, Calif., the medal is unidentifiable to a specific event. It says Owens gave the medal to his friend, dancer and movie star Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, as thanks for helping Owens find work in entertainment after he returned from Berlin.
2012 Olympics: Representing Black America - Part I
1. 1. Gabrielle Douglas from Virginia Beach, VA - USA Gymnastics (Photo: AP)1 of 14
2. 2. Carmelo Anthony, NBA and currently plays for the New York Knicks. (Photo: AP)2 of 14
3. 3. Lolo Jones from Baton Rouge, LA - Track & Field, specializes in the 60 & 100 meter hurdles. (Photo: AP)3 of 14
4. 4. Kobe Bryant, NBA and currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. (Photo: AP)4 of 14
5. 5. Sydney Leroux from Seattle, WA - Soccer and considered one of the most dangerous forwards in the world at the U-20 level.5 of 14
6. 6. Swin Cash, WNBA player and currently plays for the Chicago Sky. (Photo: AP)6 of 14
7. 7. Miles Chamley-Watson from Pennsylvania, PA - USA Fencing - Event: Foil (Photos: AP)7 of 14
8. 8. Jason Richardson is a three-time Gold medalist - Track & Field: specializes in the 110 meter hurdles.8 of 14
9. 9. Candace Parker, WNBA and already has won some gold at previous Olympic Games. (Photo: AP)9 of 14
10. 10. LeBron James, NBA and currently plays for the Miami Heat. (Photo: AP)10 of 14
11. 11. Daryl Homer from St. Thomas, VI - USA Fencing - Event: Saber11 of 14
12. 12. Kevin Durant, NBA and currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder. (Photo: AP)12 of 14
13. 13. Claressa Shields from Flint, Michigan - Women's Boxing (the first year it will be an Olympic event. (Photo: AP)13 of 14
14. 14. Tina Charles, WNBA and currently plays for the Connecticut Sun and named WNBA Rookie of the Year. (Photo: AP)14 of 14