Bidding for Jesse Owens’ 1936 gold medal tops $200,000

“It leaves one nearly speechless to behold this medal. It survives as one of the world’s most poignant symbols of triumph,” the vice president of SCP Auctions, Dan Imler, said in a written statement. No one knows where the other three original medals are, the auction house said.

As of Monday night, the online bidding had reached more than $200,000. The medal was given by Owens to friend Bill “Bojangles” Robinson a few years after the Olympics, and the late entertainer’s widow Elaine Plaines-Robinson is selling the medal, the auction house said.

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