Here's your chance to own a piece of Olympic history! The Associated Press reports that the torch carried by Caitlyn Jenner, formerly know as Bruce Jenner, through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is going up for auction. It is the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to head to the auction block since the former Olympian revealed in April she was transitioning from male to female. And the estimated price tag for the torch? A cool $20,000, or maybe even more!
Bidders will have the chance to buy the 24-inch brass torch in Chicago during Platinum Night Sports at Heritage Auctions on July 30.
Bob Lorsch, the Los Angeles philanthropist and entrepreneur selling the iconic Olympic artifact, was among those who carried the torch through Lake Tahoe in 1984. He organized both Lake Tahoe and Jenner’s participation in the torch event, and ultimately passed the torch to Jenner for the final 1,000-meter stretch.
"This torch serves as a wonderful symbol that masculinity and femininity are not mutually exclusive," Chris Ivy, Heritage's director of sports auctions, told the AP. "The decathlon has long been considered the ultimate athletic proving ground. Jenner has played both gender roles masterfully."
Jenner was asked to carry the torch as part of the Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games in support of Caesars Tahoe’s aim to give back to the local community and promote youth programs, according to Lorsch. The hotel casino held a drawing that awarded winners the chance to take part in the historic event, carrying the torch along 31 miles of the Nevada route. Seven positions were won by individuals, 42 by local organizations, and the last was assigned to Jenner, who won the Decathlon Gold Medal in the 1976 games.
"Caesars saw it as a tremendous opportunity … to do something more special, never realizing that we would be creating what is truly a piece of history that originated as a piece of sports history, then evolved as a piece of entertainment history through the Kardashian legacy and becoming a cultural phenomenon through the transition to Caitlyn," Lorsch told the AP.
It’s a busy time for the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and former decathlete, who will receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards on July 15 for her bravery in coming out as a transgender woman. She is also set to share more of her inspirational story in the upcoming docuseries I Am Cait, debuting Sunday, July 26, on E! at 8 p.m. ET.
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