SCP Auction is proud to present Jesse Owens’ original Gold Medal from the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany. Arguably the most historically significant Olympic artifact ever offered publicly, the medal will be exhibited for the first time at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago from July 31st through August 4th, 2013 at the SCP Auction booth (#1013P, 1015P, 1112P, 1114P).
Jesse Owens, the son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, shocked the world with a feat of unprecedented dominance. Owens won four gold medals, in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay and the long jump. He managed to break or equal nine Olympic records and also set three world records. One of those world records was in the 4x100m relay. The quartet set a time that wouldn’t be bettered for 20 years.
Owens’ outstanding performance during the 1936 Olympic games affirmed that individual excellence rather than race or national origin, distinguishes one man or woman from another. This remarkable object is one of the four original authentic gold medals that Jesse Owens won in track and field at the 1936 Olympic Games held in Berlin, Germany. The fascinating journey of this Gold Medal starts with the friendship between Jesse Owens and famous entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson. The medal, as documented in the 1988 biography “Mr. Bojnagles”, was gifted to Robinson by Owens in the late 1930’s. It has descended in the family of Robinson’s late widow Elaine Plaines. It survives as one of the most monumental pieces of Sports Americana that has surfaced in decades.