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Bob Beamon's Iconic 1968 Olympic Medal Goes Under the Hammer at Christie's

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Christie's Auction House is preparing to offer a unique piece of Olympic history: the gold medal awarded to Bob Beamon for his record-setting long jump at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City. Fifty-five years after his astounding performance, Beamon is parting with the medal that commemorates his world record leap of 29 feet, 2 1/2 inches, a record that still stands as the Olympic benchmark. This historic auction is scheduled to take place during The Exceptional Sale, starting February 1.

In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Beamon, now 77, shared his thoughts on relinquishing this symbol of his athletic prowess. "After enjoying and cherishing this medal for over 55 years, I feel it's time to let it be appreciated by someone else," he said. "This decision is a significant and heartening step for me."

Beamon's legendary jump not only set a new standard in the sport but also introduced the term "Beamonesque" into popular lexicon, denoting an extraordinary or incredible feat. Beamon himself recalls the disbelief and emotional impact of that moment, a realization that took time to fully sink in.

Christie's anticipates that the medal could fetch between $400,000 and $600,000, as estimated by Casey Rogers, Head of The Exceptional Sale. Rogers highlights the medal's significance as a physical reminder of an extraordinary Olympic achievement that has stood the test of time. "It's a piece that connects us directly to a momentous occasion in sports history," Rogers noted.

Beyond his indelible mark in the world of sports, Beamon has pursued his passion in music, a path he once considered before dedicating himself to track and field. His musical journey as a percussionist with Stix Bones and The BONE Squad mirrors the discipline and commitment he exhibited in sports. "It's akin to training for the Olympics," Beamon said of his rigorous practice sessions.

Beamon's entry into the music scene will be officially celebrated with the release of his recording debut on January 12, accompanied by a live performance at The Cutting Room in New York City. This event marks another milestone in the life of an athlete who not only achieved historic heights in sports but continues to inspire through his artistic endeavors.

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