Olympics collecting goes wild as London 2012 ends



2015-06-26 10:42:46

Olympics collecting goes wild as London 2012 ends

13 Aug 2012, 10:35 GMT+01

Just hours after the Olympic closing ceremony, thousands of items of memorabilia have gone up for sale on the official London 2012 auction website.

Fans hoping to retain a piece of Olympic history have a myriad of options. From costumes worn in the opening ceremony to tennis balls and javelins used by the athletes, everything must go. The auction sales will go towards the cost of staging the Games and the nationwide torch relay.

The most popular items are proving to be Games-used equipment retained after medal winning events, such as basketball nets, shot puts, relay batons, balls, bats and boxing gloves. The tennis balls used by Andy Murray in his Gold winning match against Roger Federer are expected to see upwards of £1,000 each.

So far, Bradley Wiggins memorabilia is proving the most popular from Team GB. A limited edition Olympic torch signed by the cyclist has already been auctioned off for £13,000.

Irish boxer Katie Taylor, Gold medallist for the first ever female boxing Olympic event, has had to relinquish her winning gloves for the auction. Javelins and discuses are among favourite items, though not quite as popular as swimmer Tom Daley’s signed Speedos. Bids for the basketball used in the men’s Gold medal game have already surpassed the £3,000 mark. Controversial items, such as score sheets from matches that led to disqualifications, are also offered.

A huge array of memorabilia items have been produced by the elaborate Opening Ceremony, such as suffragette banners, Mary Poppins’ handbag, drumsticks, a floral summer maypole, punk rock Mohawk heads, and replica Isle of Wonder books. Numerous opening ceremony flags from all countries are racking up bids of over £1,000 each. Even the ridiculous London 2012 mascot is proving popular, 2metre-tall statues that were dotted around London, available in various different costumes such as the Queen’s Guard Wenlock and the Big Ben Wenlock.

Yet more is to come from the Olympic Village once the Olympians have moved out, Gold-winning bedsheets being tipped as top sellers.

Elsewhere, in a less official capacity (eBay), attendees of the Games are selling bottled air from the Olympic stadium for around £50 a piece (it has not been confirmed that anyone has in fact paid this amount). Even a tissue used to wipe a seat at the Opening Ceremony has appeared, claiming to have molecules of the Olympic atmosphere attached to it, has been offered.

This just goes to show that enthusiasts are desperate to cling on to the Olympic ambience that has permeated London, Britain, and the world for the last two weeks. These Games were also a historical event of great magnitude, and following on from several timely and successful Olympic auctions, many are recognising the significant investment potential in items from London 2012.

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