Caitlyn Jenner's 1984 Olympic relay torch up for auction
An Olympic torch carried by Caitlyn Jenner during the 1984 Olympic Torch Relay is heading to auction in Chicago later this month.
The Heritage Auctions' Platinum Night Sports sale will feature the torch carried by Jenner, when she identified as Bruce, during a leg of the relay which passed through Lake Tahoe, Nevada on its way to the games in Los Angeles.
At the time Jenner was America's most celebrated Olympian, having won Gold in the decathlon in the 1976 Montreal games. And when the Caesars Tahoe Hotel Casino paid handsomely to re-route the Olympic relay through its grounds, to promote its own youth charity program, they enlisted Jenner's help as a celebrity runner.
"I can't stand running. And anyway I know people will laugh at me when they see my knees. But it's for a good cause, so I'll do it," Jenner told People Magazine before her leg of the relay, which saw her carry the torch across the Nevada border into California.
"Perhaps no athlete in history has traveled a more winding road through the various states of celebrity than Jenner," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. "From All-American sports star to patriarch of Keeping Up Kardashians, the world's most famous reality television family to her current status as the pioneer and centerpiece of the evolving global transgender conversation. This is the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to surface and we expect collectors will find it every bit as significant as we think it is."
Further highlights from the sale will include a 1950 Joe DiMaggio game-worn NY Yankees jersey, estimated at $400,000+; a Lou Gehrig game-worn NY Yankees cap from the early 1930s, valued at $200,000+; and the hoop and backboard from Michael Jordan's 1998 NBA Championship-winning shot for the Chicago Bulls against the Utah Jazz, estimated at $100,000+.
The Heritage Auctions' Platinum Night Sports Auction takes place on July 30-31, at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.
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