Four winners medals from four different Summer Olympic Games are
being offered by RR Auction in the firm’s 998-lot sale closing
The medals offered are a bronze, third-place medal from the 1920
games in Antwerp, Belgium; a silver, second-place medal from the 1932
Los Angeles Summer Olympics; a silver, second-place medal from the
1948 Summer Olympics in London; and a bronze, third-place medal from
the boycotted 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
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The sport for which each medal was awarded is known for only the
1980 medal, but unknown for the other three. The athlete to whom each
medal was awarded is also unknown to the auction house.
1920 bronze medal
The 60-millimeter medal by sculptor Josue Dupon depicts on its
obverse a victorious athlete holding a laurel wreath and palm branch,
with a statue of Renommee in the background. The reverse depicts the
Brabo fountain above the Antwerp shield, with the Cathedral of Our
Lady and city looming in the background
The medal, with an estimate beyond $5,000, is housed in its
original red leather case, gilt-stamped with a legend indicating it is
for a third place finisher.
The silver medal presented at the 1932 Los Angeles
Olympics is 55 millimeters in diameter and carries an estimate of more
Italian painter and sculptor Giuseppe Cassioli designed the Olympic
winners’ medals. The medal’s obverse features a seated Victory with
the Coliseum in the background.
The reverse depicts a winner carried by jubilant athletes.
The medal is housed in its original beige cardboard presentation box
with silver triangular metal plate on bottom designating second place finisher.
1948 silver medal
The same designs that Cassioli executed for the 1932 medals were
replicated for the 1948 medal for the London Summer Olympics. The
55-millimeter medal carries an estimate of more than $8,000.
Three hundred of these second-place winner’s medals were produced
for the London Games, but only 136 were awarded.
The 1980 bronze medal, 60 millimeters in diameter, was
struck at the Moscow Mint. The obverse design is by Cassioli, the
reverse designed by Ilya Postol.
The obverse depiction of seated Victory and rendition of the
Coliseum differs from Cassioli’s work on the 1932 and 1948 medals. The
reverse features the Moscow Olympic emblem and Olympic flame.
The edge is stamped incuse in Cyrillic, designating the sport for
which it was issued as wrestling. There is no indication as to whether
the medal was issued for freestyle or Greco-Roman wrestling, or for what
The medal, with ane estimate of $5,000+, is suspended from its
original five-colored ribbon in blue, red, yellow, and two shades of green.