Christie’s to auction London Olympics memorabilia

What better way to top off your stay in luxury hotel accommodation in London than taking a piece of the city's history home with you?

And with the Olympics taking place in the capital this summer, a piece of Games-related memorabilia could make the perfect souvenir.

For those in town this April 18th and with a bit of extra cash to burn, why not check out auction house Christie's, which is holding a sale of Olympics posters and items including those from the previous two times London has hosted the Games – in 1908 and 1948.

Among the lots going on sale is a torch from the last London Games, in 1948, which is expected to fetch around £2,000, reports the London Evening Standard.

Meanwhile, a bid of between £12,000 and £14,000 could buy you a poster from the first London Games in 1908.

Those Olympics were due to be held in Rome but were moved to London at the last minute following the eruption of Vesuvius in 1906.

"It's a transport poster," Sophie Churcher of Christie's specialist poster department told the newspaper. "There weren't official Games posters until 1912. We've never seen this one before."

Olympics memorabilia from throughout the history of the modern Games will also be on sale, including a truly unique item from the first ever modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 – the Breal's Silver Cup.

The cup was awarded to Spyros Louis, who became a national hero after winning the marathon, becoming the only Greek to claim an athletics victory in that year's Games.

The grandson of Marathon winner Spyros Louis, also named Spyros, explained that he is selling the cup to split the proceeds between his two children.

"Our family has been very proud to have the honour of looking after this important historical sporting trophy for the last 116 years and my grandfather’s achievement of winning the first ever marathon, at the first modern Olympic Games will remain part of my family's heritage forever," he said.

The auction begins at 13:00 GMT on April 18th, with the items going on public display from April 14th.

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