Lot #6077
Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics Torch Bearer's Singlet Top

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Estimate: $100+

Description

Scarce cloth torchbearer singlet top from the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics. The soft white tank-top features the emblem of the XVIII Olympiad to center. In fine condition.

The Olympic flame was carried for 51 days by 870 runners for a total of 26,065 kilometers. 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.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Olympic Memorabilia
  • Dates: #628 - Ended January 20, 2022