Jesse Owens' Olympic gold medal sells for $1.4 million in auction

Jesse Owens won gold in the 100- and 200-meters, 400 relay and long jump at the 1936 Berlin Games attended by Adolf Hitler, who used the Olympics to showcase his ideas of Aryan racial supremacy only to watch African-American athletes dominate the track and field events.

updated: December 09, 2013 12:05 IST
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California: An Olympic gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Games has sold for a record $1.4 million in an online auction.

SCP Auctions said Pittsburgh Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The online auction ended Sunday.

"We just hope that it's purchased by an institution where the public could have access to it, a museum or something like that," Owens' daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin of Chicago, told The Associated Press before the sale.

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