Costumes and torches on Olympics site

Aug. 10, 2012 at 2:45 PM
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LONDON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Fans of the 2012 London Olympics and its athletes can acquire memorabilia the modern way -- online through the Official London 2012 Auction site.

As of Friday, an Olympic torch signed by Bradley Wiggins, the British cyclist who capped a win in the Tour de France with a gold medal in London, had been sold for more than $20,000, The Daily Telegraph reported. But there was plenty still available, including a second torch with Wiggins' signature and a Mary Poppins costume used in the opening ceremony.

The top prices appeared to be going for memorabilia from earlier Olympics. On Friday, a bidder had offered $31,350 for a bronze medal from the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis, and $22,000 had been offered for a torch from the 1948 Games, also held in London.

There were some items for collectors with limited budgets. Bibs worn by the French and Canadian women's soccer teams in their bronze medal game were going for only $47, while bidding had reached only $430 for the Poppins costume, complete with hat, bag and umbrella -- although the price could go higher before the auction closes Sunday.

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