FOOTBALLER SELLS ATLANTA OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL FOR $34,440

BY DUNCAN MACKAY

FIFA Female Player of the Century Michelle Akers has sold the Olympic gold medal she won at Atlanta 1996 for $34,440 (£26,665/€31,300). 

It was part of a collection, which included 60 lots of memorabilia put up at Goldin Auction by the American.

It included all of her major tournament gold medals, including those from the 1991 and 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

But both of those were unsold after failing to reach their reserve price of $20,000 (£15,500/€18,000) when the sale, launched on September 22, ended today. 

It also included the shirt and shorts she wore in the United States’ 2-1 victory over China in the gold medal match at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia, before a crowd of 76,489 as the US were crowned the first women’s Olympic football champions. 

They sold for $10,455 (£8,100/€9,500).

The flag Akers waved in celebration afterwards sold for $615 (£475/€560).

The jersey Akers had worn in America’s 2-1 victory over Norway in the final of the 1991 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Guangzhou when she scored both of her team’s goals sold for $8,610 (£6,700/€7,800).

The boots Akers wore in the US victory over China eight years later at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena – a match memorably decided on penalties when Brandi Chastain scored the deciding spot-kick – sold for $3,690 (£2,850/€3,350).

 -insidethegames