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Olympic figure skater 1936 Nazi Germany memorabilia lot

Lot 1115 Details

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This one of a kind collection is straight from the home of 40s silver screen goddess, Vera Ralston, and her husband, Republic studio head, Herbert Yates.

The Czech Olympic figure skater turned Hollywood leading lady stood up to Hitler in the 1930s, found herself launched into stardom in the 1940s, and married to a studio head 40 years her senior in the 1950s.

She leaves behind a treasure trove of memorabilia, fabulous gowns, and original photos from the dark history of Nazi Germany and the Golden Age of 40s-50s Hollywood. (see our other listings for some of her personal red carpet designer fashions.)

Included in this lot are items from Ms. Ralston's time as a competitive figure skater. Including her Olympic figure skating medals (some from 1936 Germany under Nazi rule) other various metals and accolades, Several framed portraits of the athlete in her prime skating days, a signed Scott Hamilton photograph, skating show posters, and personal postcards and photographs from her skating world travels.


The 1936 Berlin Olympic medallion is autographed by participants including the men's (Karl Schäfer Austria) and women's (Sonja Henie Norway) Gold Medal winners. There are two medallions but only one is autographed. Please note, we have more photographs than this site will support so please contact us for further information and photos.

**All glass will be removed from frames for the purposes of shipping**

During the 1936 Olympic games, a young Vera Ralston, skating for Czechoslovakia, personally met and reportedly insulted Adolf Hitler. Hitler asked her if she would like to "skate for the swastika." As she later boasted, "I looked him right in the eye, and said that I'd rather skate on the swastika. The Fuhrer was furious."

In the 40s she moved to Hollywood and began her movie career. She normally played an immigrant girl, because of her limited English skills. She starred in 26 major motion films with actors like John Wayne and Fred MacMurray.

In 1952, Ralston married Republic studio head Herbert Yates. Yates was nearly 40 years her senior, and reportedly left his wife and children to be with her. Yates died in 1966, leaving his $8 million estate to Ralston. She suffered a nervous breakdown shortly thereafter, then remarried and lived quietly in southern California. She died on February 9, 2003, in Santa Barbara, California, after a long battle with cancer. For her work in films, Ralston has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Condition
All photos are in very good condition considering their age.

**All glass will be removed from frames for the purposes of shipping**
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Olympic figure skater 1936 Nazi Germany memorabilia lot

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Lot 1115 Details

Description
...
This one of a kind collection is straight from the home of 40s silver screen goddess, Vera Ralston, and her husband, Republic studio head, Herbert Yates.

The Czech Olympic figure skater turned Hollywood leading lady stood up to Hitler in the 1930s, found herself launched into stardom in the 1940s, and married to a studio head 40 years her senior in the 1950s.

She leaves behind a treasure trove of memorabilia, fabulous gowns, and original photos from the dark history of Nazi Germany and the Golden Age of 40s-50s Hollywood. (see our other listings for some of her personal red carpet designer fashions.)

Included in this lot are items from Ms. Ralston's time as a competitive figure skater. Including her Olympic figure skating medals (some from 1936 Germany under Nazi rule) other various metals and accolades, Several framed portraits of the athlete in her prime skating days, a signed Scott Hamilton photograph, skating show posters, and personal postcards and photographs from her skating world travels.


The 1936 Berlin Olympic medallion is autographed by participants including the men's (Karl Schäfer Austria) and women's (Sonja Henie Norway) Gold Medal winners. There are two medallions but only one is autographed. Please note, we have more photographs than this site will support so please contact us for further information and photos.

**All glass will be removed from frames for the purposes of shipping**

During the 1936 Olympic games, a young Vera Ralston, skating for Czechoslovakia, personally met and reportedly insulted Adolf Hitler. Hitler asked her if she would like to "skate for the swastika." As she later boasted, "I looked him right in the eye, and said that I'd rather skate on the swastika. The Fuhrer was furious."

In the 40s she moved to Hollywood and began her movie career. She normally played an immigrant girl, because of her limited English skills. She starred in 26 major motion films with actors like John Wayne and Fred MacMurray.

In 1952, Ralston married Republic studio head Herbert Yates. Yates was nearly 40 years her senior, and reportedly left his wife and children to be with her. Yates died in 1966, leaving his $8 million estate to Ralston. She suffered a nervous breakdown shortly thereafter, then remarried and lived quietly in southern California. She died on February 9, 2003, in Santa Barbara, California, after a long battle with cancer. For her work in films, Ralston has a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Condition
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All photos are in very good condition considering their age. <br> <br>**All glass will be removed from frames for the purposes of shipping**

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