Bannister’s 4-Minute Mile Watch Sold at Auction

Sells for more than $30,000

Twenty-five-year-old medical student Roger Bannister hits the tape at an athletics meet in Oxford to run the world’s first four-minute mile. (PA Wire/Press Association Images)
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The watch used during Sir Roger Bannister’s record-breaking four-minute mile sold to an anonymous buyer for 20,000 British pounds (roughly $31,084) earlier this week, Oxford Mail reported Tuesday. The watch was expected to sell for between $7,500 and $12,500. Bannister’s shoes will go up for auction in September and are expected to sell for approximately $80,000. 

*This story has been revised from the version first published on May 20, 2015, because it inadvertently used similar language to what was published on Outside apologizes for the error and is investigating all previous work of the writer.

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