Jesse Owens’s Medal for Sale

    FILE - In this is Aug. 14, 1936 file photo, Jesse Owens competes in one of the heats of the 200-meter run at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. The performance of Jesse Owens will be honored in the stadium where he won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games when the world championships are held in Berlin. (AP Photo, File)


    An Olympic gold medal won by African-American track star Jesse Owens in 1936 in Berlin is being auctioned online through SCP Auctions. Amidst the rise of the Nazi Party and its propaganda on race, Owens won gold in the 100 and 200 meters, the 400 relay and the long jump. The medal up for sale was given to Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, a dancer and movie star, by Owens, and is being auctioned by the estate of his widow. SCP Auctions will run the auction. "We just hope that it's purchased by an institution where the public could have access to it, a museum or something like that," says Robinson’s daughter. The locations of the three remaining gold medals are unknown.

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