RR Auction to host Olympic Records and Rivals sale
RR Auction is set a host a sale dedicated to Olympic sports memorabilia later this month.
The online sale will feature medals, torches, posters, programs and other related memorabilia from the world's biggest sporting event.
One of the headline lots will be the gold medal won by American boxer Wilbert McClure in the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics. McClure won his light middleweight division gold with a victory over Italian boxer Carmelo Bossi, joining fellow team-mates Cassius Clay and Eddie Crook on the top of the podium.
Shorty after the games McClure turned professional, and following his career in the ring earned a Doctorate in psychology, and served as a Massachusetts state boxing commissioner.
The medals awarded at the 1960 Summer Games were the first in the event's history designed to be worn around the neck, and the first to feature the names of the specific sports. This historic boxing Gold Medal comes complete in its original presentation box, and will be offered for sale for the very first time with an estimate of $20,000-$25,000.
“Between its tremendous rarity and historical interest, this museum-quality medal represents the pinnacle of Olympic artifacts,” said Robert Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.
Further notable medals on offer will include a Gold Winner‘s Medal from the Chamonix 1924 Winter Olympics, one of just 33 awarded, estimated at $50,000-$60,000; and a highly rare Participation Medal from the 1904 St. Louis Summer Olympics, attended by just 700 athletes from twelve different countries, valued at $20,000-$25,000.
Other highlights will include a selection of rare Olympic torches, such as a Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics torch estimated at $50,000-$60,000; a 1976 Montreal Olympics torch valued at $3,000-$4,000; a 1988 Seoul Olympics torch priced at $2,500-$4,500; and a 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics torch estimated at $2,000-$3,000.
The Olympic Records and Rivals auction begins online on January 14, and runs until January 21.
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