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1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics torch sold for more than $231,000 at auction
Rare and remarkable 1968 Grenoble torch, used by wrestler Daniel Robin to light the closing ceremony's cauldron.


BOSTON, MASS.- A 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics torch sold for $231,287 according to Boston-based RR Auction.

The torch, one of just 33 manufactured was used by French wrestler Daniel Robin to light the Olympic cauldron during the closing ceremonies in Grenoble's Le Stade de Glace on February 18, 1968.

Months later, Daniel Robin would go on to win two silver medals at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, in both Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, becoming the first wrestler to win two silver medals at the same Games.

While Robin considered his World Championship and Olympic medals to be his greatest achievements in wrestling, he looked upon his role as a Grenoble torchbearer as an enormous source of personal pride.

“Any Grenoble torch would stand out as one of the rarest and most sought-after Olympic torches ever made, and their desirability has been heightened by the recent 50th anniversary of the Games,” said Bobby Livingston, Executive VP at RR Auction. “The use of this particular torch in the closing ceremonies of the 1968 Grenoble Winter Olympics doubtlessly makes it the finest example in existence.”

Among other Olympic torches to be offered; a Lake Placid 1980 Winter Olympics Torch sold for $38,246, a Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics Torch sold for $11,251, and a London 1948 Summer Olympics Torch sold for $7,500.

Additional highlights from the sale include, but are not limited by:

• Rio 2016 gold winner’s medal believed to be the first from the games to be offered at public auction sold for $56,817.

• Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics gold winner’s medal issued for fencing sold for $24,361.

• Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics Gold winner's medal issued to Cuban baseball player Miguel Caldés Luis sold for $21,962.

• Barcelona 1992 Summer Olympics winner’s medal sold for $16,112.

• Rome 1960 Summer Olympics Silver winner’s medal sold for $15,698.

• Amsterdam 1928 Summer Olympics Silver winner’s medal sold for $14,742.

• Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics Silver winner's medal sold for $13,752.

• Melbourne 1956 Summer Olympics Gold winner's medal sold for $12,498.

• Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics Torch sold for $11,251.

• Amsterdam 1928 Summer Olympics Gold winner's medal sold for $8,750.

• Seoul 1988 Summer Olympics Bronze winner’s medal sold for $8,750.

• Moscow 1980 Summer Olympics Silver winner's medal sold for $8,750.

• Athens 1906 Summer Olympics Silver winner’s medal sold for $8,747.

The Olympic Auction from RR Auction began on January 10 and concluded on January 17.





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