Panels with Olympic Swimmers, Divers – Donna de Varona, Ann Curtis and Aileen Riggin.
Lot 449. Panels with Olympic Swimmers, Divers – Donna de Varona, Ann Curtis and Aileen Riggin. Located in the MC Center, now the Verizon Center, in Washington, D.C., the National Sports Gallery displayed this exhibit panels prior to its closure in 2001. Each metal panel is approximately 5.5” x 18.25”, has a b&w photo of the subject and provides information on her accomplishments and career. Each is from the estate of Frank Ceresi, gallery curator and executive director, and comes with a letter of authenticity from Carol McMains, his long-time business partner. They average ex. A member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, DE VARONA won gold medals in the women’s 400-meter individual medley and the 4x100-meter freestyle relay at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. In 1948 in London, CURTIS won gold in the same events, as well as a silver medal in the women’s 100-meter freestyle. In 1920, at the age of only 14, RIGGIN earned a gold medal in the springboard diving competition in Antwerp, Belgium. At the time, she was the youngest American to win gold. Four years later in Paris, she became the only woman to win medals in both diving and swimming by capturing the silver medal in springboard diving and the bronze medal in the 100-meter backstroke. She also is in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Winning Bid $10.