An article by Jeff Starck in the January 6, 2014 issue of Coin World reports the results of the recent sale of Jesse Owens’ 1936 Olympic gold medal. The most intriguing part of the article is a note that the new owner, Ron Burkle, also owns a Nobel Prize medal, and is planning an "educational tour" for the medals.
One of American track star Jesse Owens’ gold medals from the 1936 Berlin Olympics realized $1,466,574 in an online auction that closed Dec. 8.
Ron Burkle, billionaire investor and co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, purchased the medal, according to SCP Auctions President David Kohler. Burkle, also owner of William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize for Literature medal, has plans for an educational tour for the historic pieces.
Owens earned four gold medals at the Olympic Games, for winning the 100-meter race, the 200-meter race and the long jump, all individually, and as part of the 4x100-meter relay team.
Kudos to Burkle for one, being a man of great taste in collecting these rare and historic medals, and two, for planning to share them with the public. We'll look forward to learning more about the tour. Does anyone know more about Ron Burkle's interest in numismatics?
By the way, the same issue of Coin World has a great article by Jeff on numismatic attractions in London. See London Calling on p129.
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1936 Olympic gold medal brings $1.4 million
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