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Olympic medals are sold

TWO silver Olympic swimming medals and other memorabilia won by Ellen King, the Scottish international, were sold for a £ 6020 at Phillips in Edinburgh yesterday.

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Miss King, a sporting legend who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died, aged 75, in 1994, took part in the 1924 and 1928 games. Money from the sale of her awards will go to the charity Alzheimers Scotland. Born in Renfrew, she spent most of her life in Edinburgh, beginning her swimming career at the Warrender Streets Baths and, after a brilliant sporting career, she taught swimming in Edinburgh schools for more than 40 years. All her souvenirs sold well above estimates, with her silver medal and diploma for the 150 yards backstroke at the 1924 Amsterdam Games staying in Scotland. It was bought by an anonymous collector for £ 2875, against an estimate of £ 500 to £ 700. Another silver medal for the ladies relay went for £ 1785. Rachel Guy, of Alzheimers Scotland, said: ''We are absolutely delighted. It is a very generous gesture.''

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