Olympic running singlet sets record price

The National Museum of Australia purchased the historically significant running singlet worn by 200-metre Australian silver medallist Peter Norman at the 1968 Mexico Olympic Games for $48,800 (including buyer’s premium) – against a presale estimate of $2500 – at Mossgreen’s sporting memorabilia auction on February 8. 

Sporting memorabilia head Max Williamson was delighted the museum purchased the singlet because it was such significant moment in Olympic history and for the international human rights movement.

Norman (now deceased) supported African American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith, both of whom gave the black power salute at the medal ceremony.


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