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

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

Winner's medal issued for the London 1948 Summer Olympics. Gilt silver, 51 mm, 69 gm, by Giuseppe Cassioli. The front, inscribed, "XIVth Olympiad, London, 1948," features a 'Seated Victory' with the Coliseum in the background; the reverse portrays a winner carried by jubilant athletes. The medal features slight areas of darkening. Includes the scarce addition of the original maroon presentation ca…

Sold For: $37,816 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Extremely rare official 1976 Innsbruck Winter Olympics torch, constructed of aluminum alloy and steel, measuring 29? in length and 8.25? at its widest point, designed by Vereinigte Metallwerke Ranshofen Berndorf. The upper shaft of the torch is hexagonal and features a pair of Olympic rings in openwork, with the curving metal strip extending from rings to platform representing a ski jump. The rim …

Sold For: $25,124 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Hugely appealing winner's medal awarded to Nigerian footballer Tijani Babangida at the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics. Gilt silver, 70 mm, 180 gm, by Malcolm Grear Designers; manufactured by Reed and Barton. The front, inscribed "XXVI Olympiad Atlanta 1996" with Olympic rings, shows a ‘Seated Victory’ holding a laurel wreath and palm branch, with the Colosseum looming in the background; the reverse,…

Sold For: $19,250 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Winner’s medal awarded to a member of the Argentinean men’s football team at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. Gilt silver with inlaid jade, 70 mm x 82 mm, 190 gm, by Medal Design Group, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Elena Votsi. Created from ancient Chinese jade patterns, the medal consists of silver and jade, which symbolize nobility and virtue. Jade has been regarded as a virtue since anc…

Sold For: $97,270 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details