Bidding is set to open Jan. 12 for RR Auction’s sale of Summer and
Winter Olympics winners’ medals, participation medals, Olympic torches
and related items.
Bidding closes Jan. 19.
Among the winners’ medals offered are a rare gold winner’s medal
from the 1956 Winter Olympics in Cortina, Italy; a silver winner’s
medal from the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome; a bronze winner’s medal
from the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm; and a silvered bronze
winner’s medal from the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.
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Unless specified in the lot description, the identity of the medal
winner, as well as the sport for which the medal was won, will be
disclosed only to the highest bidder, according to the auction company.
Cortina d’ Ampezzo, known as Cortina, is an Italian town selected to
host the fifth Winter Olympics in 1944. The games were canceled
because of World War II. Cortina was selected to host the Winter Games
again in 1956.
The 60-millimeter gilt .800 fine silver medal is one of 51 awarded
to first-place finishers in their respective sports.
The medal’s obverse features a head of Victory crowned in Olympic
rings with a torch to the right and VII GIOCHI OLIMPICI INVERNALI
inscribed around. The reverse portrays an ice crystal over Mt.
Pomagagnon, and the inscription CITIUS ALTIUS FORTIUS.
The medal, with an estimate of $10,000+, was designed by Italian
medallist Constantino Affer from Milan and struck by Lorioli Bros.
The Cortina Games were the first Winter Olympics in which athletes
from the former Soviet Union participated.
With an estimate of $6,000+, the second-place silver winner’s medal
from the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics is identified as having been
awarded to Soviet sprint canoeist Aleksandr Silayev.
The 68-millimeter medal, set in a bronze laurel wreath bezel, was
designed by Italian painter and sculptor Giuseppe Cassioli.
The medals’ obverse depicts Victory, holding a laurel wreath and
palm branch, seated high above the Coliseum, with raised text, GIOCHI
DELLA XVII OLIMPIADE, ROMA MCMLX. The reverse features a victorious
athlete, with palm branch, being carried by other athletes, the
stadium visible in the background.
The sports name in Italian, CANOA, is inscribed on a tablet on the
bezel below the obverse design.
A 33-millimeter bronze third-place winner’s medal with original
presentation case is offered from the 1912 Summer Olympics in
Stockholm. The medal has an estimate of $5,000+.
The medal’s obverse, designed by Bertram Mackennal, depicts a
victorious athlete, with palm branch, being crowned with a laurel
wreath by two seated females. Swedish sculptor and engraver Erik Lindberg’s reverse, encircled with the
inscription OLYMPISKA SPELEN I STOCKHOLM, features a herald
proclaiming the opening of the Olympic Games, with a bust of Ling, the
founder of Swedish gymnastics, in the background.
Mackennel’s design was originally used on the winner’s medals for
the 1908 London Summer Olympics.
Offered from the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris is a rectangular
silvered bronze winner’s medal measuring 40 millimeters by 58
millimeters. The medal was designed by French sculptor and engraver Frédéric-Charles Victor de Vernon from Paris.
The medal’s obverse inscribed REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE, EXPOSITION
UNIVERSELL, PARIS 1900, features a winged goddess scattering laurels
over the grounds of the Exposition.The reverse identifies the sport as
“physical exercise and sports,” EXERCICES PHYSIQUES ET SPORT, and
depicts a victorious athlete upon a podium with a stadium and the
Acropolis in the background.
One edge of the medal is stamped incuse BRONZE.
The medal carries an estimate of $1,000+.