Lot 3053: Sought-after official 1968 Mexico Olympics torch, comprised of white cast metal with a wrapped rope handle, measuring 18? in length and 4.25? at its widest point. The white cast metal body is grooved and the top features "Mexico 68" twice around the rim. Some scattered dings and pitting to body (apparently from the casting process). The torch relay recreated the route taken by Christopher Columbus to the New World, beginning on August 23, 1968, in Olympia, Greece. It notably traveled through Columbus's birthplace in Genoa, where he set sail from Palos in Spain, and the first land he reached in San Salvador. In all, there were 2,778 torchbearers on the 13,546 km route.
RR Auction's Olympic Memorabilia Auction 468
Thursday, 21st January 2016
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