IOC says 'difficult to accept' Jesse Owen's gold medal auction

The International Olympic Committee will not intervene in the sale. SCP Auctions says the medal could go for more than $1 million.

Ayeshea Perera November 13, 2013 17:56:12 IST
IOC says 'difficult to accept' Jesse Owen's gold medal auction

Johannesburg: IOC President Thomas Bach says it is "difficult" to accept that a gold medal won by Jesse Owens at the 1936 Berlin Olympics will go on auction and possibly be bought by a private collector.

Bach says the medal, one of four golds that Owens won at the Berlin Games, is "a part of world heritage."

IOC says difficult to accept Jesse Owens gold medal auction

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The International Olympic Committee will not intervene in the sale. SCP Auctions says the medal could go for more than $1 million.

According to the auction house, Owens gave the medal to his friend, movie star Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and it is being sold by the estate of Robinson's late widow.

Bach says "to put this up for an auction is for me a very difficult decision (to accept)."

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