Miracle on Ice goalie Jim Craig wants to sell his Olympic gold medal for $1.5 million as part of a lot of 19 items from the Lake Placid 1980 Winter Games for $5.7 million total.
The lot information is available here.
“For the past 35 years, these items have been at the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Boston Sports Museum, the New York Sports Museum, and I think we’ve done a good job showing them because this moment was so big that I truly believe everyone was a part of it,” Craig said, according to ESPN.com. “But after the 35th anniversary [in February], and after our teammate Bobby Suter died [Sept. 9], I thought it was important to be responsible with these pieces to grow and protect the legacy for my family.”
The lot also includes Craig’s jersey from the 4-3 upset win over the Soviet Union ($1 million), the flag he famously wore after the final win over Finland ($1 million), the jersey from the Finland game ($500,000) and his goalie mask ($250,000).
Craig would become at least the third player from the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to sell his gold medal.
Mark Pavelich‘s medal was auctioned for $262,900 in May 2014. Mark Wells‘ medal was auctioned for $310,700 in November 2010, after he sold it privately for about a reported $40,000.
Miracle on Ice captain Mike Eruzione sold his stick from the U.S.-Soviet Union game in 1980 and his jersey from the final game against Finland to a 9-year-old boy named Seven in 2013, but not his gold medal.
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