- Torch among a number of Games memorabilia up for sale on official website
13:10 EST, 21 June 2012
The Olympic torch carried by David Beckham when it arrived in Britain had attracted bids of more than £5,200 last night after going up for auction.
The aluminium flame-bearer, which is accompanied by a ‘metallic shard’ signed by the football star, is among a number of Games memorabilia up for sale online.
It is being sold through a website approved by the London Olympic Organising Committee (LOCOG), which describes it as ‘a piece of history from the unforgettable journey of the Olympic Flame’.
Hot property: David Beckham holds the Olympic Flame as it arrives in Cornwall on May 18 for the start of the UK-wide relay
The site is expected to sell off collectors’ items include a baton from the men’s 4 x 100 metres relay and tennis balls from the Olympic tournament once the Games get under way on July 27.
Mindful of criticisms that the Games have become too commercial, Locog said the funds raised would help to offset the cost of the torch relay and of staging the Games themselves.
They denied that the website was set up in response to some participants selling their torches on the eBay auction website.
Mementos: A torchbearer carries the Olympic Flame between Musselburgh and Bilston. Participants are being offered the torches for a reduced price of £199. Those that aren’t wanted have gone on the London 2012 auction site
The website (www.london2012.com/auction), which is being overseen by Innovative Sports, features 20 torches, which organisers said cost £500 to manufacture.
Torchbearers involved in the relay around the British isles have been offered them for a subsidised price of £199 as a memento.
Bbut the ones up for sale on the website are those not wanted by the participants or donated by celebrities like Beckham.
The LA Galaxy and former Manchester United midfielder carried the torch when it first arrived in Britain on May 18.
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soft voice with a rich but poor wife . who?
What dose he do nothing now so why do people like this man .Yes he did play football in the UK but he dose not now for long time so whats the fuss about him
oh dear oh dear, he looks so stupid, whos is going to remember him in two years???
Didn’t they castigate others who sold the torches – but, of course, they weren’t the sainted David.
s this the best we can do? Who is this man? – David Slack, Boston, United Kingdom,—————————————————- Some bloke from America.
- Dave, No 10, 21/6/2012 16:27
+++++++++++++++++++++ Lincolnshire is in America now? Or does a certain Brit named Dave not know where British boroughs are?
s this the best we can do? Who is this man?
- David Slack, Boston, United Kingdom,—————————————————-
Some bloke from America.
I would like to say where he can put that torch.
He lives and works in America says its the greatest country in the world. Then every chance the politicians and their muppets get he’s been paraded around as this great Englishman.
Is this the best we can do? Who is this man?
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