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The first-ever Olympic gold medal won by a British woman in an individual swimming event will go to auction later this month.
Lucy Morton won the award at the Paris games of 1924, where team-mates Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell, whose story was told in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire, also took gold.
In her handwritten memoirs, she recalled: “At the age of 10 I was at Christchurch School in Blackpool and Mrs Phillips, the headmistress, sent a note to my father stating that I was the biggest dunce in the school and suggested swimming might brighten my ideas up a bit.”
The collection goes on sale at Hansons Auctioneers’ Sports Memorabilia Auction on 22 August with an overall estimate of £30,000-£40,000.
Highlights include Morton’s Olympic gold medal, estimate £10,000-£12,000, and a bracelet made out of five gold medals awarded for breaking world records between 1913 and 1920, estimate £15,000-£20,000.
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