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Lot #3050
Toyko 1964 Summer Olympics Torch and Original Box Holder

1964 Tokyo Summer Games torch with its original holder box

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1964 Tokyo Summer Games torch with its original holder box

Official 1964 Tokyo Olympics torch, consisting of a blackened aluminum alloy bowl and a stainless steel cylinder, measuring 25.5″ in length and 6.75″ at its widest point. Manufactured by Nippon Light Metal Co., the bowl is engraved “XVII Olympiad Tokyo 1964” with a set of Olympic rings, and the clean portion of the cylinder bears the Tokyo Games logo and reads “Showa Kaseihin Co., Ltd., 3–1964.” The interior of the bowl and the upper portion of the cylinder is notably darkened and discolored with some scattered dents from use. Complete with its original torch holder box. The Olympic torch was carried for 51 days by 870 runners for a total of 20,065 kilometers. Accompanied by an original pin and pendant honoring the 1964 Olympic Games, and a 100 Japanese yen coin bearing the Olympic rings and torch. Designed on the principle of the coal-mine safety lamp, the Tokyo Olympic torch was filled with priming powder and fumigant, a two-component ignition material that needed to be wind and rain resistant, and which could both easily ignite and extinguish. Its effect was similar to that of a flare, and it proved a safe and reliable instrument over the course of its hemisphere-trotting relay. Although a typhoon and various plane issues caused a one-day delay late in the schedule, the triumphant final relay by Yoshinori Sakai through Tokyo’s National Olympic Stadium on October 10, 1964, served as a defining moment for a still healing post-war Japan. Enhanced by the rare and desirable presence of its original holder box, this torch beautifully represents the moment the fifth ring of the Olympiad touched down on Asian soil.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Olympic Memorabilia Auction
  • Dates: #468 - Ended January 21, 2016