Olga Korbut’s accreditation tag and a ponytail band from the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich has sold for $1,680 (£1,250/€1,400) at auction.
Competing for the Soviet Union, Korbut won three gold medals in the team, balance beam and floor exercises and a silver in the uneven bars at Munich 1972 with a series of charismatic performances that captivated audiences around the world.
Nicknamed the "Sparrow from Minsk", Korbut's 1972 Olympic performances as a 17-year-old are widely credited as redefining gymnastics, changing it from emphasising ballet and elegance to acrobatics as well as changing popular opinion of the sport from a niche discipline to one of the most popular sports in the world.
Korbut won another Olympic gold medal in the team event at Montreal 1976 and silver in the balance beam before retiring a year later at the age of 22.
The accreditation tag and ponytail were sold by Heritage Auctions in an online sale.
The tag displays an image of Korbut on the front, while her name is typed on the back.
Also included was a white ponytail band that Korbut wore during her historic performances at Munich 1972 and a letter of provenance from Korbut.
The final sale price, which included the 20 per cent buyer’s premium, was under the initial estimate of $3,000 (£2,400/€2,500).
Three years ago, Korbut sold 32 lots in total, including two golds and a silver medal from Munich 1972 in another Heritage Auctions online sale, raising $333,504 (£249,400/€279,400).
The top item was her Munich 1972 team gold medal, which fetched $66,000 (£49,000/€55,000).
Korbut also sold her Munich floor exercise gold, the silver won on the uneven bars, and a team gold and balance beam silver from Montreal 1976.
At the time the Russian media claimed that Korbut, who has lived in the United States since 1991, had been forced to sell her memorabilia "to fight off hunger."
But Heritage Auctions claimed Korbut, who turned 65 earlier this year, had just wanted to pass on the medals to people that would enjoy them.
The auction also featured items from the career of Muhammad Ali, who, as Cassius Clay, won the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal at Rome 1960.
The top-seller were the boots that Ali wore in his 1975 “The Thrilla in Manila” fight against Joe Frazier, who succeeded him as Olympic champion at Tokyo 1964.
They were sold for $150,000 (£112,000/€126,000), including the buyer’s premium.
The “Thrilla in Manila” was the third and final match between Ali and Frazier and actually took place in Quezon City in the Philippines.
Ali won by technical knockout after Frazier's chief second, Eddie Futch, asked the referee to stop the fight following the end of the 14th round.
The contest's name is derived from Ali's rhyming boast that the fight would be "a killa and a thrilla and a chilla, when I get that gorilla in Manila."
It is claimed that it was watched by an estimated television audience of one billion.
The shoes were retained by Ali's assistant and close friend Drew "Bundini" Brown, and it is his handwriting in blue marker on each interior tongue – “Mo Speeed” - a good luck mantra also present within Ali's shoes from the second Frazier contest in New York City in 1974.
An identifying “Ali-Frazier, Oct 1, 1975” at the interior top of each shoe is also in the hand of Brown, who died in 1987.
Another historic item from the career of Ali, who died in 2016, were a pair of sparring gloves he wore during training for his “Rumble in the Jungle” fight against George Foreman in 1974, which sold for $27,600 (£20,6000/€23,100), including the buyer’s premium.
The fight in Kinshasa in Zaire, saw Ali regain his heavyweight world title by knocking out Foreman, the 1968 Olympic gold medallist, in the eighth round.
The auction also featured several more memorabilia items linked to double Olympic basketball gold medallist Michael Jordan.
The highlight was a rookie trading card from 1968 featuring the former Chicago Bulls legend that sold for more than four times the world record, fetching $420,000 (£314,100/€351,800).
Carrying a card grade of nine and an autograph grade of 10, it had a pre-sale estimate of $100,000 (£75,000/€84,000).
It is the most ever paid for a Jordan rookie card and roughly four times more than the final selling price of any non-autographed Jordan rookie card sold at auction.