Olympic Memorabilia

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- With the Olympic season finally upon us again, RR is pleased to host another auction honoring the worldwide Games. With nearly 200 lots, the sale opens with two extreme rarities—winner''s medals from the 1896 Olympic Games at Athens, the first modern Olympiad. The catalog chronicles Olympics past and present, with a wide selection of relay torches, winner''s medals, participation medals, and Olympic ephemera.

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Exceedingly rare first-place winner’s medal issued for the Athens 1896 Olympics. Silver, 50 mm, 67 gm, by Jules Clement Chaplain. The front depicts a relief portrait of Zeus holding Nike, the goddess of Victory, in the palm of his hand, with text along left side, “Olympia”; the reverse bears a detailed view of the Acropolis of Athens topped by the Parthenon, with raised Greek characters to upper a…

Sold For: $180,111 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Beautiful winner’s medal issued for the Paris 1900 Olympics. Gilt silver, 57 gm, 42 mm x 60 mm, by Frederic Vernon, Paris. The front, inscribed “Republique Francaise, Exposition Universelle, Paris 1900,” features a winged goddess scattering laurels over the grounds of the Exposition; the reverse identifies the sport as shooting, “Concours de Tir, VIIme Concours National,&r…

Sold For: $7,326 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Winner’s medal issued for a high school and college shooting competition hosted alongside the Paris 1900 Olympics. Silvered bronze, 42 mm x 60 mm, 59 gm, by Frederic Vernon, Paris. The front, inscribed “Republique Francaise, Exposition Universelle, Paris 1900,” features a winged goddess scattering laurels over the grounds of the Exposition; the reverse identifies the sport as sh…

Sold For: $1,283 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Rare complete set of the five variations of non-athletic award medals issued for the Paris 1900 Exposition Universelle Internationale, which played host to that year's Olympics, featuring a gorgeous design by Jules-Clement Chaplain. Includes the bronze medal, silvered bronze medal, gilt bronze medal, solid silver medal, and gilt silver medal (with original leather presentation case and slip).…

Sold For: $4,336 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Equestrian judge participation medal issued for the Paris 1900 Olympics. Silver, 40 mm, 40 gm, by H. Ponscarme. The front features a winged liberty head with "Republique Francaise"; the reverse features "Ministere de l'Agriculture" with tablet over a coat of arms, reading: "Exposition Internat. Hippique de Paris, 1900, Jury." Stamped “Argent” on the edge. The Paris International …

Sold For: $275 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Sought-after winner’s medal issued for the Athens 1906 Intercalated Olympics. Silver, 50 mm, 58 gm, by Jules Clement Chaplain. The front depicts a relief portrait of Zeus holding Nike, the goddess of Victory, in the palm of his hand, with text along left side, “Olympia”; the reverse bears a detailed view of the Acropolis of Athens topped by the Parthenon, with raised Greek chara…

Sold For: $6,250 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Original partly-printed athlete diploma from the American Olympic Committee for the London 1908 Olympics, 14 x 10.5, which reads: “This is to certify that H. P. Ramey by reason of his excellence and high standing as an Amateur Athlete, was selected as a member of the American Olympic Team, which at London, England, in July, competed and won the Olympic Games of 1908.” Signed at the co…

Sold For: $313 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Rare ‘Committee’ badge from the London 1908 Olympics. Silvered bronze, 42 gm, 57 mm in diameter, stamped on the reverse with a Vaughton of Birmingham maker's mark. The badge depicts the head of Athena facing a laurel branch and encircled by a dark blue enameled border with the text, "Olympic Games London 1908, Committee." A bright and beautiful badge from an Olympiad that extended…

Sold For: $1,563 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Rare book: The Fourth Olympiad, being the Official Report of the Olympic Games of 1908 celebrated in London under the Patronage of His most Gracious Majesty King Edward VII and by the Sanction of the International Olympic Committee. First edition. London: The British Olympic Association, 1909. Rebacked hardcover retaining original boards, 7 x 10, 794 pages. Book condition: G+/None, with spine pro…

Sold For: $303 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Extremely rare gilt-silver badge issued to females accompanying IOC Members at the Stockholm 1912 Olympics. The badge, 25 mm x 37 mm, depicts an ancient Greek athlete’s head with lower plaque reading: "Olympiska Spellen, Stockholm, 1912." Reverse is stamped with a Sporrong & Co., Stockholm maker’s mark. In fine condition.

Sold For: $1,251 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Rare book: The Fifth Olympiad: The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlstrom & Widstrand, 1913. Hardcover bound in original blue cloth boards with gilt decoration, 7 x 9.5, 1117 pages. Book condition: VG/None, with edgewear and rubbing to boards, foxing to endpapers, and a gift inscription to first free end page. This English edition of the 1912 Stockholm Of…

Sold For: $303 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Group of seven official French-language regulation booklets from the Stockholm 1912 Olympics, all 5 x 8 and bound in their original paper wrappers, with events including: Aviron [Rowing], Sports Athletiques [Athletics], Pentathlon Moderne [Modern Pentathlon], Natation [Swimming], Lawn Tennis [Lawn Tennis], Gymnastique [Gymnastics], and Lutte [Wrestling]. In very good condition, with wrappers of t…

Sold For: $550 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Rare official silver badge presented to high-ranking officials and senior leaders at the Stockholm 1912 Olympics, 25 mm x 37 mm, which depicts an ancient Greek athlete’s head with lower plaque reading: “Olympiska Spellen, Stockholm, 1912.” The badge retains its scarce original yellow and blue ribbon, which extends to a length of 76 mm. Reverse is stamped with a Sporrong & Co…

Sold For: $2,063 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Sought-after winner's medal issued for the Antwerp 1920 Olympics. Bronze, 60 mm, 81 gm, by Josue Dupon. The front shows a victorious athlete holding a laurel wreath and palm branch, with a statue of Renommee in the background, inscribed "VII Olympiade"; the reverse depicts the Brabo fountain above the Antwerp shield, with the Cathedral of Our Lady and city looming in the background, inscribed…

Sold For: $5,003 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Scarce original French-language ID travel pass issued to Joseph Pearman at the Antwerp 1920 Olympics, one page, 4.5 x 3.25, headed (translated) “The Belgian Olympic Committee, Identification Card,” and reading: “This card certifies that, Mr. J. B. Pearman is an official competitor at the Olympic Games in Antwerp in 1920 and that, therefore, he has, in accordance with the decisio…

Sold For: $275 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Winner's medal issued for the Antwerp 1920 Olympics. Gilt silver, 60 mm, 86 gm, by Josue Dupon. The front shows a victorious athlete holding a laurel wreath and palm branch, with a statue of Renommee in the background, inscribed "VII Olympiade"; the reverse depicts the Brabo fountain above the Antwerp shield, with the Cathedral of Our Lady and city looming in the background, inscribed above, …

Sold For: $8,750 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Decidedly clean example of a participation medal issued for the Paris 1924 Summer Olympics. Bronze, 55 mm, 72 gm, by Raoul Benard. The front features a stunning raised depiction of the goddess Nike crowning victorious athletes with laurel wreaths; the reverse bears a city view of Paris and raised text, “VIIIe Olympiade, Paris, 1924,” with the designer’s monogram below.

Sold For: $303 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Uncommon plaquette issued for shooting matches at the Paris 1924 Summer Olympics. Bronze, 70 mm x 51 mm, 90 gm, by Heinrich Kautsch. The front depicts the Reims athletic site with shooting event buildings; the reverse features an empty tablet with laurel and oak branches and a six-line legend, (translated) “27 Competitions, National and International Shooting, Olympic Matches, from 7 to 22 …

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Rare book: The Ninth Olympiad, being the Official Report of the Olympic Games of 1928 celebrated at Amsterdam. Amsterdam: J. H. de Bussy, Ltd. Hardcover bound in original navy cloth boards with gilt titles, 9.75 x 11.75, 1017 pages plus seven fold-out appendices. Book condition: VG-/None, with rubbing to boards, wear and edge splits to spine cloth, and bumped corners. A well-illustrated, comprehe…

Sold For: $303 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Uncommon pair of items from the American two-man team that won a bronze medal in the ‘men's coxless pair’ rowing event at the Amsterdam 1928 Summer Olympics: a dark blue heavy wool Team U.S.A. sweater, no size, likely large, with large embroidered letters to chest; and a cloth No. 10 racing number patch, 7? x 8.5?, which is marked in ink: “The Olympic Pair-Oared, John V. Schmitt, Bow, Paul McDowel…

Sold For: $1,516 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Magnificent original sketch by German bobsledder Max Ludwig, drawn three days before he and his team won a bronze medal in the four-man bobsleigh event at the Lake Placid 1932 Winter Olympics. Accomplished in black and blue ink on an off-white 19.5 x 14.5 sheet of artist paper, the drawing depicts the harrowing moment that Germany’s experimental sled, Fram III, flew over the icy Mt. Van Hoe…

Sold For: $4,991 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Two original 3.75 x 2.25 celluloid season ticket passes for the Lake Placid 1932 Winter Olympic Games: an orange-bordered bleacher season ticket, signed in black felt tip by Franklin Farrell III, goaltender for the silver medal-winning American ice hockey team; and a green-bordered standing room season ticket, signed in black felt tip by speedskater Jack Shea, who won gold medals in the 500m and …

Sold For: $660 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Gold winner's medal awarded to Swedish wrestler Ivar Johansson at the Los Angeles 1932 Summer Olympics. Gilt silver, 55 mm, 97 gm, designed by Giuseppe Cassioli, minted by Whitehead & Hoag. The front, inscribed, "Xth Olympiad, Los Angeles, 1932," features a 'Seated Victory' with the Coliseum in the background; the reverse portrays a winner carried by jubilant athletes. Accompanied by a glossy …

Sold For: $45,375 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Fantastic complete bound set of the 39 official programs of the Los Angeles 1932 Summer Olympics. Hardcover bound in blue cloth with gilt lettering, "Complete Collection of the 39 Official Programs, Games of the Xth Olympiad, Los Angeles, U.S.A., 1932," 8 x 11, printed by the Times-Mirror Printing & Binding House, Los Angeles. Book condition: VG-/None, with cracked hinges, bumped and rubbed c…

Sold For: $250 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details