The 2010 Olympic torch relay has barely started,
and already somebody has put one of the 12,000 torches being used up for sale on eBay.
The starting bid is $2,500 US, and has attracted one bid in three days. The auction ends Saturday at 1:44 p.m.
It seems somewhat unpatriotic for a Canadian to turn around and sell their torch mere days after the Olympic flame reached Canada. But as it turns out, the seller probably isn’t Canadian — the torch is being sold from Athens, Greece.
The seller’s eBay name is Douramakos, and states that they have been selling Olympics memorabilia for 25 years.
“This is one of the first torches used in the torch relay in Greece,” reads the eBay listing.
“The gas canister was taken out from all torches by the organizers after each torch bearer finished their run.”
It is a fairly detailed listing — Douramakos has put up 15 photos of the torch.
You can find it by searching “2010 Olympic torch” on the eBay site.
Torches are one of the most prized collectibles from the Olympics. Some are quite valuable — an Olympic torch from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary is worth about $10,000 US.
Source: Calgary Herald