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    1936 Berlin Olympics Gold Medal Presented to Marshall Wayne. Magnificent and historic relic derives 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, with wear to the gilt plating at verso edges, but still presents beautifully, with laurel-wreathed athletes dominating both obverse and reverse, the former emblazoned with the text, "XI Olympiade Berlin 1936." Original hinged leather and velvet presentation case is present and included. A thrilling reminder of an early American victory in Berlin, nine years before Hitler would meet his end just miles away from where Wayne conquered the diving world.


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    August, 2016
    27th-28th Saturday-Sunday
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