Top 5 most expensive items of Olympics memorabilia
1) 1952 Helsinki Olympic Torch - €290,000
Only one of 22 ever made, a torch from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games was sold for €290,000 by Vassy-Jalenques SARL of Paris in April 2011.
The torch, with a sterling silver bowl and birch-wood handle, had a pre-sale estimate of €150,000-€200,000
2) Chinese Olympic gold coin - $575,000
In January 2011, a Chinese 10kg gold 100,000 Yuan coin, made to commemorate the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries for $575,000.
Only 29 examples of the coin were minted and this was the only one allocated to the US market.
3) Mark Wells’ 1980 Olympic Gold Medal - $310,700
The gold medal won by Mark Wells, a member of the 1980 "miracle on ice" men's hockey team, was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries in November 2010 for $310,700.
Originally estimated to sell for $100,000, the medal was the first time any of the 1980 hockey gold medals were offered at a public auction.
4) Another 1952 Helsinki Olympic torch - €119,000
Another torch from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games was sold in November 2006.
One of the 22 ever produced, it sold for €119,000 in a Greek auction.
5) Canadian Hockey jerseys - $94,000
23 Canada Olympic Hockey jerseys were sold on eBay in 2010 to raise funds to rebuild a children’s hospital in Haiti.
The auction, which was conducted by the NHL Players’ Association, raised $94,000.
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