Top Five Olympic memorabilia
Top Five Olympic memorabilia
With London 2012 just days away, Olympic memorabilia is enjoying runaway success
As the 2012 London Olympic Games draws close, the collectibles world has been hit by a wave of auctions selling memorabilia from the event's rich history. Paul Fraser Collectibles takes a look at some of the most memorable Olympic sales of all time... 5. Beijing 2008 gold coin
A suitably lavish item from the most spectacular games in recent years
We'rekicking-off our top five with an item from the last Olympic Games in Beijing. One of the most spectacular events of recent times, the 2008Games saw China wow the world with their impressive stadiums and those unforgettable opening and closing ceremonies. This 10kg gold 100,000 Yuan piece was one of just 29 examples made especially to commemorate China's first and only Games. One of these magnificent coins sold for $575,000 at Heritage Auctions in January 2011, taking the title of top lot in the process. 4. London 1948 and 1908 memorabilia
There are no running deer events at London 2012
With the 2012 event being held in the British capital, memorabilia from both the 1908 and 1948 London Games is particularly popular with collectors at the moment. Yesterday (July 24) a set of three medals - gold, silver and bronze - that were awarded to competitors from Great Britain at the 1908 Games sold for 17,000. A brilliant reminder of outdated events, the set included a bronze medal from the running deer competition.
Torches from the London 1948 Games are also proving a hit with bidders,as yesterday's sale saw one of the 1,688 produced sell for 4,500. This still didn't top the record 6,463 price for a London 1948 torch, achieved in 2000 at Christie's. 3. Usain Bolt's running spikes
Bolt signed items have risen in value as we haveapproached the 2012 Games
It's hard to think of this year's Games without getting excited about Usain Bolt's performance. Even with the fitness doubts currently circling, Bolt has recently stated that he plans to run the 100m in 9.4 seconds. As a testament to the power of the Olympics to boost the value of sports memorabilia, this pair of running spikes singed by the Jamaican sprinting star sold for 25,000 at a charity auction this week. This far surpasses the 2,000 achieved for another pair in 2010, when the nearest Games was still two years away. We are currently offering a fantastic Usain Bolt signed photograph, which providesa great keepsake from his record-smashing win at Beijing in 2008. 2. 1952 Helsinki torch
Paavo Nurmi with his Olympic torch - one of just 22 produced
A former world record holder for Olympic memorabilia at auction, one of just 22 torches from the 1952 Helsinki Games auctioned for an impressive 239,000in Paris in 2011. Featuring a sterling silver bowl with a birch-wood handle, the Helsinki torches are among some of the most coveted Olympic collectibles. 1. Bral's Silver Cup
The world record holder from the first modern Olympic games
Bral's Silver Cup sold for 541,250 against a 120,000-160,000 estimate at Christie's in April this year, to become the world's most expensive item of Olympic memorabilia. The cupwas originally presented to Spyros Louis, the winner of the Olympic marathon race at the first modern Games in 1896. The ultimate collector's piece, the cup came with impeccable provenance, having been passed down through Louis' family before being consigned by his grandson.
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