Lot #6054
Oslo 1952 Winter Olympics Torch

The first Winter Olympics relay torch—one of only 95 made
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Estimate: $65000+

Description

The first Winter Olympics relay torch—one of only 95 made

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 exhibit various scuffs and scratches. 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: #628 - Ended January 20, 2022