Medal from first modern Olympic Games in 1896 sells for $180,000

Jul 24th

Could you imagine owning a medal from the first Olympics (at least in modern history)??

A rare first-place medal from the first modern Olympic Games has sold for more than $180,000.

Boston-based RR Auction said Friday that the winning bidder for the silver medal from the 1896 games in Athens, Greece was a collector based on the East Coast. The company estimated before the auction that the first place medal could fetch about $75,000.

This was the medal:

Here's another bit of trivia for you: There was no such thing as third place at the first Olympics.

At the inaugural Olympiad, first-place winners were awarded silver medals and second-place finishers earned bronze, the auction house said. There was no award for placing third.

I kinda like that. Maybe some traditions would be worth reviving.

Just, you know, not things like the ancient Olympian tradition of competing nude.

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