Lot 8101: Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympics Torch
18th July 2019
Official 1984 Los Angeles Olympics torch, brass-finished with tan leather-wrapped handle, measuring 22.25˝ in length and 4.75˝ at its widest point, manufactured by Turner Industries. The bowl is engraved along the top, “Citius, Altius, Fortius, " with the Olympic rings between each word, and the LA Memorial Coliseum Stadium below. The ring at the handle's center is engraved, "Games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad, Los Angeles, 1964," and the cap at the base of the handle is engraved “1983 LAOOC,” with a pair of Los Angeles Games logos. The black burner remains in place, for an overall length of 23˝. Complete with its original black vinyl carrying bag, operating instruction booklet, and cardboard Turner Industries shipping box. The fire was lit in Olympia, Greece on May 7, 1984, and arrived the following day in New York. On its 15,000 km journey, the torch was carried through 33 states over 82 days to Los Angeles by over 3,600 runners. A handsomely designed torch from an Olympic Games that weren’t without their share of controversy—fourteen Eastern Bloc countries, including the Soviet Union, Cuba and East Germany, boycotted the Games; Iran and Libya also boycotted, although for different political reasons. An exceptional display piece from the 1984 LA Games—the 'City of Angels' will have the distinction of hosting the Summer Olympics for a third time in 2028.
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