1980 XIIIth Winter Olympics Gold Medal Presented to Jim Craig for the "Miracle On Ice"
The "Miracle on Ice" game was heroically fought during the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union was portrayed as the enemy out to destroy our way of life. All of this was captured in this game, and the USSR's collapse was hailed by the west as a victory for freedom, a triumph of democracy over totalitarianism, and evidence of the superiority of capitalism over socialism. Here is a chance for the winner to own the most important piece of memorabilia from the Top Sports Moment of the 20th Century as determined by Sports Illustrated. This one-and-only gold medal was presented to Jim Craig at the medal winners ceremony in Lake Placid on February 24, 1980. In its original Tiffany & Co. velvet-lined case, it is in 100% original condition. The medal is engraved "Ice Hockey Jim Craig," measures 3" in diameter and has a gold metal clasp. Incised on the rim is "Tiffany & Co Sterling Silver Copyright 1979." The display box is constructed of leather and lined on one side in velvet and the other side satin. Case has some problems to the workings which can be repaired, the velvet has an insert where the medal is securely encased. The satin reads "Tiffany & Co" in gold lettering, and on the cover of the case, "XIII Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1980" also in gold. The medal is like new condition, EX-MT. Arguably, the most important gold medal ever to be publicly sold. NOTE: Jesse Owens' gold medal from the 1936 Olympics brought $1.47M at auction in 2013. This lot will come with signed Letter of Authenticity and Provenance from Jim Craig, himself. Estimate: $1,000,000,-1,500,000.