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Owens gold medal sold for £900k

An Olympic gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record 1.4 million US dollars in an online auction.

SCP Auctions said an anonymous bidder paid 1,466,574 US dollars (£897,119), the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The online auction ended today.

Owens won gold in the 100 and 200 metres, 4x100m relay and long jump at the games attended by Adolf Hitler, who used the Olympics to showcase his ideas of Aryan supremacy.

According to the auction house based in Laguna Niguel, California, the medal is unidentifiable to a specific event.

It said 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.


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