Lot #8052
Oslo 1952 Winter Olympics Torch

The first Winter relay—a remarkably rare 1952 Oslo torch
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Estimate: $50000+

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Description

The first Winter relay—a remarkably rare 1952 Oslo torch

Historically significant official 1952 Oslo Winter Olympics torch, constructed of a silver-colored brass and steel alloy, measuring 9″ in length and 12.5″ at its widest point, designed by Geir Grung and Adolf Thoresen. The oval-shaped top is engraved with large Olympic rings and a representation of the relay route from Morgedal to Oslo. The handle and bowl exhibits various scuffs and scratches, with underside of bowl showing some scattered spotting. This first-ever Winter Olympics torch relay was designed to honor the origins of skiing, beginning in Morgedal, county of Telemark, at the birthplace of 19th-century legend Sondre Norheim, considered the father of skiing in Norway. The symbolic flame was then carried 225 km by a total of just 94 torchbearers, arriving two days later at Oslo's Bislett Stadium on February 15 for the opening ceremony. Exceedingly rare, a total of only 95 torches were produced. A rare and important torch used in the first torch relay in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Olympic Memorabilia
  • Dates: July 15 - July 18