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This shiny torch hails from the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games. The relay, which began in Olympia, Greece, and carried the Olympic flame 6,307 km over 51 days to the host city in the Catalan region of Spain. Beginning in 1994, the International Olympic Committee decided to alternate the Summer and Winter Games every two years, making Barcelona the last Summer Games to take place the same year as the Winter Olympics. It was also the first Games unaffected by boycotts since 1972. The U.S. Men's Basketball "Dream Team" was the biggest story in Barcelona, featuring a team of NBA superstars for the first time that dominated the competition en route to the gold medal.

Designed by André Ricard and manufactured by Kromschröder, the torch is made of chrome-plated aluminum and plastic. It measures 67 cm (26") long and the round platform on top is 17.5 cm (6.75") in diameter. The silver stem/handle has "XXV OLIMPIADA BARCELONA 1992" scripted in gold-plating with the Barcelona Games emblem. The end of the handle is coded CBZ-8007. The circular shape of the upper section is supposed to resemble a cauldron, while the conical and triangular shapes recall an amphora and the Latin sail to give it a more Mediterranean character. The black handle grip shows moderate wear, but the flame area on top appears unlit. The chrome remains clean and shiny. Overall, the torch presents in NM condition.

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Minimum Bid: $300
Final prices include buyers premium.: $1,379
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
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