Own a piece of history: Rio 2016 memorabilia up for auction online

Sport fans can now take a genuine piece of Rio 2016 home with them. Valuable items including torches from the Rio 2016 Torch Relay are available online (Photo: Rio 2016)

Ever dreamed of owning the ball used in the final of the men's Olympic basketball competition? How about the torch used to carry the Olympic flame to the cauldron?

Collectors of sporting memorabilia, and fans of the Olympic Games in general, should dust off their auction paddles. Rio 2016 has announced that exclusive access to some of the Games’ most remarkable memorabilia items will be available to bid on from the Rio 2016 Official Auction website, which can be accessed here.

Items include torches used in the Rio 2016 Olympic Torch Relay, memorabilia from the Rio 2016 opening ceremony (and the closing ceremony, in due course), sporting equipment from the events, and podia and trays used during the medal presentation ceremonies.

Items can be searched for by country. For example, those interested can look for national flags used during the athletes' parade in the opening ceremony. Potential buyers can also search for equipment used in specific events, such as the ball used in a New Zealand rugby sevens match.

Kicking things off, authentic limited edition Rio 2016 torches used during the torch relay will be available from the official auction site, including those signed by famous Olympians, as well as items commemorating notable moments that occurred during the relay. 

The official Rio 2016 portal is the exclusive provider of items for auction. It provides a rapid turnaround of the goods, ncluding during the Games themselves, making it a rare opportunity to aquire Olympic memorabilia and souvenirs that will last a lifetime.

Source: Rio 2016
https://www.rio2016.com/en/news/own-a-piece-of-history-rio-2016-memorabilia-goes-up-for-auction

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