The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) announced today that authentic London 2012 Torches will be available from an official online auction throughout the Torch Relay.
The auction will take place at www.london2012.com/auction and the proceeds will help subsidise the costs of Torches to Torchbearers and contribute towards the staging of the Games.
Each Torch is packaged in an Olympic Torch Relay collectors box and comes with a certificate of authenticity and unique serial ID number to protect customers. Each Torch will be available on the auction website for approximately 7 – 14 days.
Torches will be released in special limited editions marking significant moments along the Relay and featuring signed metallic shards by athletes and celebrities.
At Games time, rare and remarkable pieces of sporting equipment used in Olympic competitions will also be available through the official on-line auction. Coveted items include examples such as the baton from the Men's 4 x 100 Relay, a beach volleyball from the Horse Guard's Parade competition site and tennis balls from Wimbledon.
LOCOG commercial director Chris Townsend said: ‘The Olympic Torch Relay signifies the start of an exciting summer of sport across the UK. The Relay will last for 70 days and the Flame will carry with it the values and spirit of the Olympic Games across the UK.
‘The London 2012 auction not only offers fans the chance to own a piece of history but helps subsidise the cost of Torches for Torchbearers.’
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London 2012 Games partners:
The Worldwide Olympic Partners who support the London 2012 Olympic Games and the National Olympic Committees around the world are Coca-Cola, Acer, Atos, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung and Visa.
LOCOG has seven domestic Tier One Partners - adidas, B
MW, BP, British Airways, BT, EDF and Lloyds TSB. There are seven domestic Tier Two Supporters – Adecco, ArcelorMittal, Cadbury, Cisco, Deloitte, Thomas Cook and UPS. There are now twenty-eight domestic Tier Three Suppliers and Providers – Aggreko, Airwave, Atkins, Boston Consulting Group, CBS Outdoor, Crystal CG, Eurostar, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, G4S, GSK, Gymnova, Heathrow Airport, Heineken UK, Holiday Inn, John Lewis, McCann Worldgroup, Mondo, NATURE VALLEY, Next, Nielsen, Populous, Rapiscan Systems, Rio Tinto, Technogym, Thames Water, Ticketmaster, Trebor and Westfield.
There is one domestic Tier One Paralympic Games-only Partner, Sainsbury’s and one domestic Tier Three Paralympic Games-only Supplier, Otto Bock. The London 2012 Paralympic Games also acknowledges the support of the National Lottery.