'Overlooked' female swimmer's medals up for sale in Derbyshire
The first Olympic gold medal won by a British woman in swimming is due to go on sale at auction.
"Long-forgotten" athlete Lucy Morton won gold at the 1924 Olympics shortly after a car crash.
The former three-time world record holder was told by a teacher to take up swimming after being called "the biggest dunce" at her school.
Derbyshire-based auctioneers Hansons said the cache of 39 medals and archive could be worth up to £40,000.
Before competing in the 200m breaststroke at the Olympics in Paris, the Blackpool swimmer lost five teeth in a taxi crash.
In her memoirs, she wrote: "I don't know how it happened but I found myself on the pavement.
"I continued to train and won my heat."
Auctioneer Charles Hanson said: "This archive tells the story of one of Britain's greatest but, perhaps, long-forgotten and overlooked Olympians."
Her medal has been estimated to be worth between £10,000 and £12,000.
In her memoirs, which are also being auctioned, she wrote: "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."
She was born in New Tatton, Cheshire, in 1898 and died in Blackpool in 1980.
Her granddaughter Julia Routledge said she was a "swimming pioneer".
"No-one expected her to win the Olympic gold in 1924 as the Americans had been winning everything," she said.
Morton's win meant the prize-giving ceremony was delayed as judges had prepared a US flag and the American anthem to be played.
Alongside 15 gold and 25 silver medals, Morton's Olympic victor vase, and a bracelet made out of gold medals awarded for breaking world records are also being put up for sale.
The auction will take place on 22 August.