US champion Jesse (James Cleveland) Owens powers his way at the start of the 200m event, that he won, 05 August 1936 during the Olympic Games in Berlin where he captured 4 gold medals, 100m, 200m, 4x100m and long jump. Grandson of a slave and legendary athlete, 'Jesse' Owens established 6 world records in 1935. Jesse Owens retained his 100m world record for 20 years and his long jump world record for 25 years (until 1960). CORR/AFP/Getty Images
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. -- 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 says an anonymous bidder paid $1,466,574, the highest price for a piece of Olympic memorabilia. The online auction ended Sunday.
Owens won gold in the 100- and 200-meters, 400 relay and long jump at the games attended by Adolph Hitler, who used the Olympics to showcase his ideas of Aryan supremacy.
According to the auction house based in Laguna Niguel, Calif., the medal is unidentifiable to a specific event. It says Owens gave the medal to his friend, dancer and movie star Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, as thanks for helping Owens find work in entertainment after he returned from Berlin.