Olympism - Torch of the 1968 Grenoble Olympic... - Lot 209 - Beaussant Lefèvre & Associés

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Olympism - Torch of the 1968 Grenoble Olympic Games, made of copper plated sheet metal, consisting of a long handle with a red felt grip, topped by a protective mantle whose body, hiding the burner, is decorated with three silver insignia representing the official emblem of the Games by Roger Excoffon, the top, serving as a windbreaker, is cut in the form of blades. Small tear to the sleeve, otherwise in a remarkable state of preservation with all its copper finish.
Height: 76.5 cm
Handle diameter: 4.2 cm
Stove diameter: 9.5 cm
Inspired by antiquity, this majestic torch is a precious witness to the relay of the sacred flame which travelled across France in fifty stages, over more than 7,000 km, between 19 December 1967 and 6 February 1968, and was greeted by nearly two million spectators along its route. Between the first torchbearer, marathon runner Alain Mimoun (gold medal at the 1956 Melbourne Games) and the last, skater Alain Calmat (silver medal at the 1964 Innsbruck Games), the flame passed through the hands of 5,000 sportsmen and women of all levels, all ages and all disciplines. The Grenoble Games torch was manufactured by the Société Technique d'Équipement et de Fournitures Industrielles (STEFI) in 33 copies only, and is thus, along with the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games torch, manufactured in 22 copies, the rarest and most desirable.
Provenance:
Gift received by a French deputy after the 1968 Games, which has remained in his descendants ever since.
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