Bob Beamon’s Iconic Olympic Gold Medal Up for Auction at Christie’s

Bob Beamon, the legendary American track and field athlete, is parting ways with the gold medal that represents his historic long jump at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. This iconic Olympic memorabilia will be auctioned off at Christie’s during The Exceptional Sale, starting on February 1.

Beamon’s incredible long jump of 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches during the 1968 Olympics set a new world record that still stands to this day. His leap was so extraordinary that it coined the term “Beamonesque” to describe any remarkable or incredible feat. Looking back on that monumental moment, Beamon recalls the disbelief and emotional impact it had on him.

“After enjoying and cherishing this medal for over 55 years, I feel it’s time to let it be appreciated by someone else,” Beamon shared in an interview with Sports Illustrated. “This decision is a significant and heartening step for me.”

Christie’s, the renowned auction house, expects Beamon’s gold medal to fetch a substantial sum of money. Casey Rogers, the Head of The Exceptional Sale, estimates that the medal could sell for anywhere between $400,000 and $600,000. Rogers highlights the medal’s value as a physical reminder of an extraordinary Olympic achievement that has withstood the test of time.

“It’s a piece that connects us directly to a momentous occasion in sports history,” Rogers noted, emphasizing the significance of the medal.

Aside from his remarkable athletic achievements, Beamon has also pursued his passion for music. Interestingly, music was a path he considered before fully dedicating himself to track and field. Beamon’s musical journey as a percussionist with Stix Bones and The BONE Squad mirrors the discipline and commitment he exhibited in sports.

Describing his rigorous practice sessions, Beamon said, “It’s akin to training for the Olympics.”

To celebrate his entry into the music scene, Beamon will be releasing his debut recording on January 12, accompanied by a live performance at The Cutting Room in New York City. This event serves as yet another milestone in the life of an athlete who not only achieved historic heights in sports but continues to inspire others through his artistic endeavors.

With the upcoming auction of his gold medal, Beamon’s extraordinary Olympic achievement and his enduring legacy will be passed on to a new owner. The successful bidder will become the custodian of the medal, forever connected to a pivotal moment in sports history.

The auction at Christie’s is expected to draw significant interest from both sports enthusiasts and collectors of rare memorabilia. It will provide an opportunity to own a piece of Olympic history and celebrate the athletic brilliance and lasting impact of Bob Beamon’s record-setting long jump in 1968.


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