Over the course of the last 35 years or so, SCP Auctions has auctioned off thousands of pieces of important sports memorabilia. But you could make the argument that they've never sold anything as important as the piece of memorabilia that they're auctioning off right now.

That piece of memorabilia? One of the four gold medals that Jesse Owens won during the 1936 Olympic Games in Germany. Back in 1936, Owens won the gold medal in the 100 and 200-meter races, the 400-meter relay, and the long jump. And he apparently gave one of those medals to movie star Bill "Bojangles" Robinson when he returned to the U.S. Robinson held onto the medal for his entire life. But his estate just decided to sell it and the medal will now go to the highest bidder, with Owens' family hoping that it ends up in a museum somewhere.

"We just hope that it's purchased by an institution where the public could have access to it," his daughter Marlene Owens Rankin said recently.

You can check out the auction over here. The auction ends on December 7. It's crazy to think about how much history is behind that medal.

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[via Associated Press]