BOSTON – A scarce second-place winner’s medal from the first modern Olympic Games sold for $88,580 on January 20 at RR Auction.
At the inaugural modern Olympiad in Athens, Greece, in 1896, first-place winners were awarded silver medals, and second-place finishers earned these bronze prizes; there was no award for a third-place result.
Unlike today’s games where thousands of athletes compete, just 250 were featured at the first modern games.
“Any winner’s medal from the historic debut of the Olympic Games remain exceedingly rare ― this being just the second we have ever offered,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction.
Additional highlights from the sale include a silver medal from the St. Louis 1904 Olympics, which realized $82,499.
An Oslo 1952 Winter Olympics torch — one of only 95 made for the first Winter Olympics torch relay — achieved $73,864.
A Winter Olympics gold medal awarded for ice hockey at the 1994 Lillehammer games sold for $62,500.
And a Nagano 1998 Winter Olympics silver medal sold for $50,000.
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