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The Olympic Games is the most recognized global sporting event on the planet and from them, come particular pieces of artifacts that signify achievements that transcend time and become increasingly valuable. The Olympic Gold Medal won by African-American track and field athlete Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Summer Games sold for a record $1.4M through SCP Auction House back on December 8th, 2013.

What makes a piece like this so valuable? Consider the athlete associated with his extraordinary feats: A college Champion at Ohio State University who set individual records and broke world records in multiple disciplines, competes for Team USA at the Berlin Olympics and proceeds to win four Gold Medals. Consider the historical and political climate: The 1936 Games was a way for Adolf Hitler to propel the image of the Nazi Party on a global stage, promoting his ideals of racial dominance, but only to have Owens prove otherwise emerging victorious.