Olympic sprinter Tommie Smith's decision to auction off his 1968 Olympic gold medal for the 200 meter dash has caused quite a stir. Smith is no stranger to controversy, when he received the metal in Mexico City he raised his fist in protest while on the victory stand. Smith later wrote a book "Silent Gesture" about that moment and his experiences afterward. Smith's co-author on that book, David Steele, mentioned on our sibling blog FanHouse
that Smith put the medal up for auction once before, in 1999.
This time it's for sale through Moments in Time Memorabilia
along with his Puma spikes and a signed and notarized letter from Smith. The opening bid is $250,000. SF Weekly reports
that so far there hasn't been a bid on the lot. The auction will end November 4. Gary Zimet, a representative of Moments in Time Memorabilia has said that Smith needs the money but "is not desperate."