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Lot #4022
International Olympics Committee 1996 Centennial Torch - Limited Edition, No. 15 of 44

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Rare limited edition official International Olympic Committee (IOC) centennial torch, No. 15 of 44 specially issued torches, constructed of aluminum and wood, measuring 21.75″ in length and 6″ at its widest point. The main body is ribbed in a fashion similar to the twenty-two reeds found on the Atlanta torch, with a band above the wooden handle bearing the Olympics rings and engraved with the names of all the host cities and their dates since 1896; the band is also stamped with the edition number, “No. 15, Kessaris.” The aluminum areas of the torch bear slight scuffs and marks, with instances of verdigris to the lower band; and light dents to bottom ring of band.

An example of this unique torch was lit in Greece on March 30, 1996, and designed specifically for use at an event in Athens hosted by the Hellenic Olympic Committee to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first modern Games. Representatives from each host city since 1896 attended and participated in a torch run inside Athens Olympic Stadium using these torches. A rare example of this elegant centennial torch.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Olympic Memorabilia
  • Dates: #671 - Ended July 20, 2023