A Boston-based company has a rare piece of Canadian history up for grabs — a gold medal from Vancouver’s 2010 Winter Olympics.
The medal, designed by Omer Arbel and Corrine Hunt, is available on RR Auction.
“The front features embossed Olympic rings against a unique stylized pattern inspired by pods of orca, or killer whales,” writes the company.
The back of the medal features the Inukshuk emblem of the 2010 Vancouver Games and lists the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the sport of Men’s Freestyle Skiing.
“Among the most beautiful and innovative of all Olympic medals, those created for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games feature Canadian aboriginal art and a unique undulating form, the first Olympic medal to have such a design,” says RR Auction.
The listing also explains that the medal is resistant to tarnishing, nicks, and scratches, and is also the heaviest in Olympic history. Each medal also features a hand-cropped section of aboriginal art, making every piece unique.
It’s the first time, to the company’s knowledge, that a Vancouver medal has ever been available for auction.
At the time of writing, the highest bid stands at $26,000 (USD $20,000). RR Auction estimates the medal to be worth north of $65,000 (USD $50,000)