Some rare medals of the Olympic Games are coming to auction. I've never seen or read of the first one, an unusual rectangular gold
medal for automobile racing. -Editor
A rare 22 karat gold medal from the Paris 1900 Olympic Games - which was won in automobile racing - is currently featuring in an auction of
memorabilia by SCP Auctions.
The Games, which were held in conjunction with the World Fair which was taking place in the French capital, marked the only appearance
of motor racing in a Summer Olympics.
It was an unofficial sport at the Games, which featured 14 events.
While the recipient of the medal is unknown, Louis Renault, one of the founders of the Renault car company, won the Paris-Toulouse-Paris
small car event but received a cash prize rather than a gold medal due to competing as a professional.
The rare medal is being auctioned at a minimum price of $15,000 (£9,948/€14,160) with motor racers at the Games having received a pure
gold medal rather than gold plated ones, which were awarded in other sports, to reflect the significance of the sport at the time.
A gold medal from athletics, which saw 117 athletes competing in 23 events, is also available in the auction with the item considered
“rare” as the majority of winners at the Games received cups or trophies in recognition of their victory.
Designed by Frédéric Vernon, the medal is inscribed with "concours de jeux athletiques", meaning “Athletic Games
Competition", while it features the winged goddess of victory Nike on its reverse with the inscriptions “Republique Francaise, Paris
1900, exposition universelle” as well as the designer’s name.
The medal is currently being auctioned at a minimum price of $5,000 (£3,315/€4,720) with the second modern Olympics having been the only
one in history in which the medals issued were in the form of rectangular-shaped plaques.
A swimming gold from the Games, which was the first to feature female athletes, is also being auctioned with the minimum price also
standing at $5,000 (£3,315/€4,720) with the deadline for bids coming on December 5.
American basketball player Carl Shy’s gold medal from the Berlin 1936 Olympics is another item featured in the auction, with the sport
having been a medal event for the first time in its history after it was a demonstration sport at St Louis 1904.
The final, which was affected by rain having been played outdoors, saw the United States overcome rivals Canada 19-8 with each of the
medals being awarded to their recipients by James Naismith, the inventor of basketball.
Along with the medals, the auction also features several Olympic torches from various Games, with the oldest coming from the Berlin 1936
To read the complete article, see:
Rare Paris 1900
Olympic gold medals feature in memorabilia auction
Wayne Homren, Editor
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