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The German long jumper Carl “Luz” Ludwig Long who befriended Jesse Owens during the 1936 Olympic Games during the Nazi reign had his silver medal auctioned off for $488,435 USD.

Long was killed during WWII in 1943. However, during the Olympics, he befriended Jesse Owens and gave him advice on how to attempt the long jump after failing two attempts. Owens ended up winning the gold medal, Long the silver.

Long and Owens corresponded after 1936. In his final letter to Owens, Long asked him to contact his son Karl after the war and tell him about his father and what times were like when we were not separated by war. “I am saying — tell him how things can be between men on this earth.” After the war, Owens travelled to Germany to meet with Karl Long.

The Long family decided it was time to auction off some collectibles from Luz Long’s career.

Owens said that at that time it was a risky thing to be friends with him at that time. He referred to the friendship as “a 24-karat friendship.”

Jesse Owens Olympic gold medal sold recently for $615,000 in an online auction. His Berlin 1936 Olympic gold medal sold for nearly $1.5 million.