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    1936 Berlin Olympics Gold Medal Presented to Marshall Wayne. Magnificent and historic relic comes to Heritage from the daughter of American diver Marshall Wayne, a fascinating figure who would later battle the Nazis as a US fighter pilot after first disappointing Hitler by outshining his German divers in Berlin. While any artifact from this most important of modern Olympics carries tremendous collecting appeal, the offering of a Gold Medal, particularly from an American athlete, is an occasion worthy of great interest. Wayne earned this most coveted of athletic awards for a first place showing in 10 meter platform diving, then called simply "High Diving." Fellow American Elbert Root took second place honors, with the German Hermann Stork forced to settle for Bronze. The medal exhibits a degree of wear from its seven decades of proud display but still presents beautifully, with laurel-wreathed athletes dominating both obverse and reverse, the former emblazoned with the text, "XI Olympiade Berlin 1936." Some adhesive on verso derives from Wayne's earlier display of the medal and could certainly be removed with proper treatment. Proudly presented, along with Wayne's Silver Medal for 3 meter springboard in the lot to follow, for the first time to the collecting public. Letter of provenance from Wayne's daughter to accompany lot. Guide Value or Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000.

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    October, 2008
    17th-18th Friday-Saturday
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