The 1960 Olympic torch goes up for auction

The Squaw Valley Winter Olympics (1960) were very special, not only because they were held in California, but because of the great added relevance of having Walt Disney as one of the protagonists since it produced both the opening and closing ceremonies, with ice sculptures that reached 5 meters in height along the avenues that led to the stadium. In addition, it had one of its designers to create the Olympic torch that is now being auctioned.

Inspired by the designs that Ralph Lavers carried out between 1948 and 1956, John Hench was in charge of creating this wonderful torchdecorated with rings, and containing two inscriptions: one that remembers that they were the VIII Winter Olympic Games and another that reads “Olympia to Squaw”, as a sign of the path that the Olympic flame had to travel from Greece to the United States.

The story of the torch

The torch of the 1960 Winter Games It was actually lit in Norwaymore specifically in Oslo, from where it was transferred to Copenhagen by car, and from there flew to Los Angeles, where the relay race began with Bakersfield, Fresno, Stockton, San Francisco, and Sacramento as mandatory stops, until reaching Squaw Valley. Andrew Mead Lawrenceof the North American ski team, was the first person in charge of carrying the flame at the opening ceremony and passing it to the skater Kenneth Charles Henry who lit the cauldron at Blyth Memorial Arena.

Detail of the torch wickRR Auctions

64 years later the torch is still intact, only with some marks on the handle, since a games employee (in charge of the security of the torch relays) he took her homeand is now up for auction at RR Auctions until next July 19. The bidding, which some experts say could be rounded up to half a million dollarsdoes not reach 138,000 today.


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