Lot 3028: Silver cigarette box belonging to Sigfrid Edstrom, the fourth president of the International Olympic Committee. The box measures 5.5 x 4 x 1.25, and bears the engraved Olympic motto at the top with a set blue emblem featuring the three crowns of Sweden, the Olympic rings, and a gold border reading, "Sveriges Olympiska Kommitte." An engraved dedication below reads, "Till J. S. Edstrom, Fran, Sveriges Olympiska Kommitte," and is dated November 21, 1935. Present below are engraved signatures from Swedish Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf, an honorary chairman of the SOC at the time and future King of Sweden, as well six other members of the SOC, including: Bo Ekelund, Ernst Bredberg, Adolf Murray, Einar Raberg, Sixtus Janson, and Tor Wibom. The two-compartment interior is clean and composed of cedar wood lining. An integral proponent of Swedish sports administration throughout his career, Edstrom proved a chief figure in helping bring the Olympics to Stockholm in 1912. The SOC presented this silver cigarette box to Edstrom on his 65th birthday, then in his fourth year as vice president of the organization. In 1942, following the death of Henri de Baillet-Latour, Edstrom assumed the role of president and went on to play a significant role in reviving the Olympic Movement after World War II. A handsome case bearing strong association to a man who helped restore Olympic tradition.
RR Auction's Olympic Memorabilia Auction 468
Thursday, 21st January 2016
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