A gold medal won by Jesse Owens in the 1936 Berlin Olympics sold at an auction for more than $1.4 million on Sunday morning, ESPN reported.
The medal's selling price of $1,466,574 represents the highest ever paid for a piece of Olympic memorabilia, breaking the previous mark of $865,000 paid in April for a silver cup won in the first modern-day Olympic marathon in 1896.
The Owens gold medal was consigned to SCP Auctions by the estate of Elaine Plaines-Robinson, the wife of entertainer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, a close friend of Owens who died in 1949.
SCP Auctions said the buyer requested to remain anonymous.
"We are honored to handle what we consider to be among the most inspiring sports artifacts ever offered at auction," SCP president David Kohler said in a statement. "Worldwide attention garnered by the auction of Jesse Owens 1936 Gold medal and the extraordinary auction result proves that Owens' triumphant legacy continues to endure."
Owens won four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics, but it not known which medal was sold. Neither the medal nor what it was stored in had any markings.
Owens won the 100- and 200-meter races, the long jump and was a member of the 4x100 meter relay team. The location of the other original medals is not known. The four gold medals that reside at Ohio State, where Owens went to college, are replacements. The German government made them after Owens apparently lost the originals.