Lot # 987: 1936 BERLIN SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES (UNUSED) TORCH WITH UNLIT WOODEN BURNER AND WICK (RARE)

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Item was in Auction "Winter Premier Auction 2017",
which ran from 1/4/2017 1:00 PM to
1/21/2017 8:00 PM



Offered here is a lovely, unused Olympic torch from the controversial 1936 Summer Games held in Berlin when Germany was under Nazi rule. This was the first time the Olympic torch relay was held, with the flame traveling from Olympia, Greece, through Europe and ultimately arriving at Olympic stadium in Berlin after 12 days and 3,187 km. Designed by Walter Lemcke and Peter Wolf and manufactured by Friedrich Krupp AG, the beautifully crafted torch features an engraving of the 11 major cities traveled that covers the length of the shaft as well as the five interlocking Olympic rings held in the talons of the German coat of arms. It stands 10.75 inches (27 cm) tall, with the circular top measuring 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. This torch even contains its wooden burner and unlit wick, something practically unheard of for those familiar with inaugural 1936 torches. This special rarity makes it a highly coveted piece for the most fortunate collector. Presents in NM-MT condition overall with light handling.