More Gold In Olympic Medals Than Meets The Eye

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13 Cato Street,  Hawthorn East 3123,  Victoria,  Australia

Telephone: 61-3-9864-9999




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20th, 2010


Winning in Olympic competition is a feat reserved for the elite few.  Of those, fewer still become enduring

symbols of the Olympic ideal.  One such athlete is Australian Paralympian Sue Ellen Lovett.

Sue Ellen has distinguished herself both on and off the field of competition.  In addition to her sporting

prowess, she has raised

more than

$1.5 million for causes including Riding for the


and the


Cancer Unit.

In recognition, notably as Director of the 2000 Sydney Paralympic Organising

Committee, she was presented with a set of gold, silver and bronze medals.  This rare and remarkable group

of award medals is presented in a display case, identical to a set held by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.

While the value of the set is undoubtedly vested in the all-round feats of a distinguished Olympic athlete and

humanitarian, there is also a fascinating story concerning the medals’ history.  According to auctioneer Charles

Leski, the gold was sourced from the Orange district of regional NSW and was donated by the people from

the Blayney, Orange and Cabonne local government areas.  The silver content was supplied by BHP and the

bronze medals were made from melted-down 1¢ and 2¢ coins.

“When the history of the contemporary Olympic Movement is written, Sue Ellen Lovett will rate as highly as

any other athlete in any discipline,” says Charles Leski.  “She is an Australian hero both within her chosen

sport (equestrian) and in the wider community for her work in support of people with a disability.”

Lot 755

has a pre-sale estimate of $30,000 -

$35,000.  (NB:  The image is available at



The lot will be sold by Leski Auctions in Melbourne on Wednesday, October 27th at 5.00pm.

Leski Auctions was established in 1973 and is one of Australia’s leading auctioneers of Sporting Memorabilia,

Australiana, Collectibles and World Philately. 

Leski Auctions is a recognised leader in the area of early photography, art, wine, cameras, books, autographs,

entertainment memorabilia, medals, coins, stamps, aerophilately, cigarette and trade cards, maps, railway

memorabilia, advertising artwork and posters, and the Olympics, football and cricket..

It was the first auction house in Australia to introduce an on-line, real-time bidding system ‘Live Bid Online’™,

which allows participation from anywhere in the world.  It currently runs 22 auctions per year.


Leski Auctions has previously sold many significant collections, including those of Shirley Strickland, Ron Clarke,

Sir Reginald Ansett and former RSL President, Bruce Ruxton.  It has sold more ‘baggy green’ caps than any other

auction house in the world, and is one of the largest auctioneers of cricket memorabilia by value and volume. 

Leski Auctions recently sold the newly-discovered Phar Lap horse tonic recipe book.  It recently achieved a world

record price for a Bradman bat.

Managing Director Charles Leski is a registered valuer for the Cultural Gifts Program through the Department of

Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.  He is also the valuer of the displayed items at the National Sports

Museum at the MCG, Melbourne.

The company is located at 13 Cato Street, Hawthorn East 3123 Australia.  Tel +61-3-864 9999 and

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13 Cato Street,  Hawthorn East 3123,  Victoria,  Australia

Telephone: 61-3-9864-9999





A.B.N.13 081 928 921

Issued by:

Charles Leski, Leski Auctions  

Michael Krape, Michael Krape Consulting  

Tel: 61-3-9864 9999

Tel:  0403 135 880

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