Tommie Smith is selling the Olympic gold medal and Puma running shoes he wore during one of the most famous moments in sports history.
While accepting the gold medal for the 200 metere race at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968, Smith and bronze-medalist winner John Carlos bowed their heads and thrust up black-gloved hands in the air, as a symbol of Black Power, during the U.S. national anthem. The two athletes were banned for their racial protest, but later received major acclaim for their courage.
Smith, who is now 66-years-old, is putting his medal and the running shoes up for auction at M.I.T. memorabilia with a starting bid of $250,000. The sale is open now until Nov. 4.
So, why isn't he selling the item that means the most — the black glove? There's a simple explanation for that. He lost it.