Lot #9615
Calgary 1988 Winter Olympics Torch

Rare 1988 Calgary torch used during the massive Olympic relay
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Estimate: $25000+

Description

Rare 1988 Calgary torch used during the massive Olympic relay

Rare official 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics torch used during the Olympic relay, comprised of aluminum with a maple handle, measuring 23.5″ in length, emblazoned on the handle with pictograms of ten Winter Olympic sports. The top is inscribed, “XV Olympic Winter Games Calgary Alberta Canada 1988,” and the ball at the bottom is engraved with the Olympic motto, “Citius, Altius, Fortius.” Complete with its four-wick burner canister and its original black carrying bag. Designed by the National Research Council of Canada, the torch was made to resemble the Calgary Tower, an iconic landmark in the Canadian city. The torch relay was an enormous event, with approximately 6,500 torchbearers drawn from an application pool of over six million. After the lighting ceremony in Olympia, the flame was flown to Newfoundland and then traveled 18,000 km through Canada over 88 days. Unlike many relays, the torches were shared and thus only about one hundred and fifty were manufactured. A supremely desirable example of what is one of the most sought-after modern Olympic torches.

Due to the size and fragile nature of this item, it is considered OVERSIZED. Please call RR Auction for a shipping quote.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Sports Auction
  • Dates: #528 - Ended June 21, 2018