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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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

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

Participation medal issued for the Berlin 1936 Summer Olympics. Bistre brown bronze, 70 mm, 114 gm, by Otto Placzek. The front depicts five athletes, representing the five continents, pulling the ropes of the Olympic bell, with raised text, "XI Olympiade, Berlin, 1936"; the reverse bears the Olympic bell embossed with the German eagle gripping the Olympic rings within five concentric circles, the…

Sold For: $405 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Tug Wilson's participation medal issued for the Cortina 1956 Winter Olympics. Bronze, 45 mm, 48 gm, by Constantino Affer. The front features the head of Victory crowned with Olympic rings and encircled with raised text, "VII Giochi Olimpici Invernali"; the reverse depicts a snowflake over Mt. Pomagagnon, with raised text, "Citius, Altius, Fortius, Cortina 1956." A highly appealing Olympic med…

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Participation medal issued for the Grenoble 1968 Winter Olympics. Bronze, 68 mm, 158 gm, by J. M. Coeffin. The front depicts a Greek athlete wearing a headband superimposed against a background of snowflakes; the reverse bears the Grenoble Games emblem and a city view with the Belledonne mountain range in the background, with raised text along the bottom, “X Jeux Olympiques D’Hiver.&r…

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

Participation medal issued for the Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics, as presented to athletes and officials. Bronze, 60 mm, 94 gm, by Dugald Stermer/Jostens. The front depicts the Olympic torch with raised text, “Citius Altius Fortius, XXIII Olympiad”; the reverse features the Los Angeles Games emblem over Olympic rings and laurel branches. Complete with its original blue velvet prese…

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

Participation medal issued for the Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics and presented to Paula Andrews, the mayor of the Olympic Village and a member of the Calgary Winter Olympic Organizing Committee (OCO ’88) Board of Directors. Bronze, 64 mm, 133 gm, by Cornelius Martens. The front depicts the Calgary Games emblem and raised French and English text, “Calgary 1988, XV Olympic Winter Games&r…

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

Participation medal issued for the Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics. Bronze, 60 mm, 137 gm. The front features a forest of small trees on a mountain side with a curve denoting a ski slope; the reverse bears the Nagano Games logo and a wreath effect along the rim. Complete with its white paper presentation box, which is slightly creased.

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

Participation medal issued for the Torino 2006 Winter Olympics. Pewter, 40 mm, 33 gm, by Quatrini. The front depicts the Torino Games emblem with the Aqueduct of Alpignano above; the reverse bears several rays of ice crystals and the Olympic rings and motto below. Complete with its original cardboard and plastic case, which bears some light scuffing.

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

Appealing pair of participation medals issued for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. Both medals are bronze, 55 mm, 122 gm, with the fronts featuring the Bird’s Nest Olympic stadium, their respective Games logo, and raised Chinese and English text along the top; and the reverse sides depict gusts of wind and engraved Chinese and English text, “One World One Dream,&rdquo…

Sold For: $188 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Desirable collection of seven Winter Olympics participation medals, from Sapporo 1972, Innsbruck 1976, Sarajevo 1984, Nagano 1998, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, and Sochi 2014. All but Innsbruck are complete with their box or case. A complete listing is available online at RRAuction.com. Collection includes: 1. Sapporo 1972 Winter Olympics Bronze Participation Medal Participation medal issued f…

Sold For: $1,503 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details

Fantastic collection of 11 Summer Olympics participation medals, from London 1948, Helsinki 1952, Rome 1960, Moscow 1980, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. Many are complete with their box or case. A complete listing is available online at RRAuction.com. Collection includes: Detailed descriptions: 1. London 1948 Summer Olympics B…

Sold For: $1,105 (w/BP) Auction #613 - July 22, 2021 View Details