/ 03 August 2021

If the price is right

Olympic medals are priceless to athletes who win them. But it turns out you don’t have to be Emma McKeon to scoop one up with some making their way to auction blocks – and selling for a tidy sum. Earlier this month, gold from the 1896 Athens Olympics sold for US$180,000, and back in 2013, US$1.46 million was paid for Jesse Owens’ gold medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics. According to experts, the condition, engravings, and ownership history play an important role in their price. Tokyo gold medals – which contain more silver than gold – are worth about US$800, while the silver (made of pure silver) is valued at $US450, and bronze US$5. So it’s good to know the athletes get a little more in their pockets for their efforts…

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