“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.