The Olympic Memorabilia sale from RR Auction
that began on December 16 and concluded on January 19 announced that a magnificent winner's medal issued to Soviet Union ice hockey player Sergei Starikov for the Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics, sold for $86,136, according to Boston-based RR Auction. The 1980 Lake Placid Olympics have become synonymous with the storied 'Miracle on Ice' hockey match between the heavily favored Soviet Union and the United States.
While the Americans famously won the contest with a stirring 4-3 victory, subsequently winning the gold medal against Finland two days later on February 24, the USSR and Sweden would battle for a silver medal at the Olympic Fieldhouse just hours afterward, with the Soviets giving no quarter to their Scandinavian opponents.
Awarded to Starikov, an integral member of the vaunted Soviet national team, this beautiful silver medal is one of only 74 issued at the Lake Placid Games, making it quite rare.
During his legendary career, Soviet defenseman Sergei Starikov won nine national titles and participated in three Olympic tournaments, winning gold in Sarajevo and Calgary, and silver in Lake Placidall three of Starikov's medals are being offered in this auction. Starikov would appear on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he became one of the first Soviet players to wear an NHL uniform when he joined the New Jersey Devils in 1989, along with his friend and defensive partner from the Soviet team, Viacheslav Fetisov.
As an example awarded for ice hockeyone of the most popular winter sportsit is of the utmost desirability, said Bobby Eaton, COO at RR Auction.
The Miracle on Ice is one of greatest moments in Olympic hockey history making this both a rare and remarkable collectable, added Eaton.
In addition, a rare gold winner's medal awarded to Cuban boxer Roniel Iglesias during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics sold for $83,188, according to Boston-based RR Auction. With this medal, Roniel Iglesias cemented himself as one of the best boxers in Cuban history. After winning the junior world title at lightweight in 2006, Iglesias earned his first taste of the Olympic podium when he was awarded a bronze medal at light welterweight at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Four years later, he took revenge on the field, surging past expectations and winning gold in the same weight class at the London 2012 Summer Games. He moved up to welterweight for his next Olympic venture, Rio 2016, but, perhaps unaccustomed to his new divisional competition, was ousted in the quarterfinals. Undeterred, Iglesias competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, once again at welterweight, and claimed his second gold medal when he out-pointed British boxer Pat McCormack by a score of 5-0.
Complete with its original wooden presentation case and matching box, its gold winner's medal pin, and its framed gold winner's medal diploma.
"It's an impressive winner's medal from the most recent Summer Olympiadonly the second Tokyo 2020 gold medal ever offered at auction," said Bobby Eaton, COO at RR Auction.
Additional highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:
Oslo 1952 Winter Olympics Gold Medal sold for $54,904.
Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics Gold Winner's Medal sold for $44,588.
Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics Gold Medal for Soccer sold for $37,500.
Stockholm 1912 Olympics Medal sold for $35,851.
Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics Torch $35,670.
Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics two Silver Medals with Diplomas From the Collection of Cyclist Thomas Shardelow sold for $25,000.
London 1948 Summer Olympics Gold Medal sold for $25,000.