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The Americans set a new world record in the 4x400m relay!1924 Paris Summer Olympics Gold Medal & Many More Awards from American Sprinter J. Oliver MacDonald.
The most famous American athlete of the 1924 Paris Games was Johnny Weissmuller, who claimed three Gold Medals in swimming (and a Bronze in water polo) en route to a silver screen career as Tarzan. The USA would lead the world with ninety-nine medals at Paris, forty-five of them being the Gold variety. We're pleased to present one of them here.
This one was issued to American sprinter J. Oliver MacDonald, who ran the third leg of the 4x400m relay to set a new world record of three minutes and sixteen seconds. We find that medal secured in place in the offered shadow box display just to the left of the cabinet photo of MacDonald in his Olympic uniform. Obverse presents two athletes in a show of sportsmanship, with the Olympic rings below. Verso announces "VIIIeme Olympiade Paris 1924" beneath an assortment of sporting paraphernalia. Stamped on edge is "2 Argent," the latter the French word for "silver," as Olympic Gold Medals created after 1912 have been, in fact, gold-plated silver. The medal measures fifty-five millimeters (55 mm.) in diameter and weighs seventy-eight grams (78 g.). It presents without any flaws of significance.
We find the Paris Games participation medal to the right of MacDonald's photo, a rare and desirable treasure as well, with the balance of nearly ninety awards carefully showcased nearby relating to his lengthy high school and collegiate racing successes. MacDonald attended high school in Paterson, New Jersey and college at the University of Pennsylvania, and a considerable amount of the awards reference these two institutions directly.
All are secured with pins in an ancient wooden shadow box measuring 37x25x4". A splendid tribute to the Golden Age of American Sport, consigned to auction by the MacDonald family directly. Also included in the lot is MacDonald's University of Pennsylvania letterman's sweater, a pair of relay batons, two framed Olympics photos (MacDonald in Olympic blazer and together with his relay team), an Olympic trials third-place certificate, and a small collection of newspaper clippings and school documents.
Guide Value or Estimate: $20,000 - up.
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