David Beckham Torch Draws Big Bids At Olympic Auction
Want to own a piece of Olympic history? The torch carried by David Beckham during the 2012 Torch Relay has just hit the auction block and has already drawn thousand dollar bids.
According to Eurosport, the site was set up to help offset the cost of staging the games. In addition to David Beckham’s torch, the website will auction off items like a baton from the men’s 4×100 meter relay, tennis balls from the Olympic tournament, and signed posters from the athletes.
Beckham’s torch, which the football star also signed, is currently the biggest item on the site.
“This is the Torch carried by David Beckham on 18 May 2012 as the Olympic Flame arrived in the United Kingdom, and used to light the first Olympic cauldron of the London 2012 Torch Relay…. It’s a piece of history from the unforgettable journey of the Olympic Flame through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages in the UK over the course of 70 days, shining a light on the very best of Britain.”
Currently, the highest bid on Beckham’s torch is £2,050 (about $2500). The auction ends in two weeks.
When the Olympic Flame landed in Britain, Beckham said that it was an honor to be a part of the ceremony. Beckham said:
“I’ve never performed at an Olympic Games. But to be part of this is something very special. We’ve got some very special people carrying the torch, and it’s going to be a proud moment for them. If I was to be one of those carrying in London, it would be very special for me.”