Chamonix 1924 official's medal to lead Olympic sale

A Chamonix 1924 official's badge is to star in a sale of Olympic memorabilia at RR Auction.

The sale runs from January 12-19.

The 1924 Chamonix games was the first Winter Olympics

The 1924 event was the first of the winter games and so set the template for the tournaments to follow.

This badge belonged to one of the judges of the figure skating event (it's marked "patinage figures jury") and is one of only a handful of survivors from the games

It's made even rarer by the fact that it retains its original ribbon.

The auction house explains: "Chamonix badges are the rarest of all Winter Olympic badges and represent a 'holy grail' for Olympic badge collectors—very few of even the most seasoned collectors have an example with the original ribbon within their collection."

The sale will also feature a Garmisch 1936 Winter Olympics bronze medal.

The lot is one of 36 such third place medals produced for the games (only 755 athletes competed), making it one of the rarest prizes in the Olympic series.

It's valued in excess of $30,000.

A gold medal from the Garmisch games (also issued in a run of 26) made £30,000 ($50,500) at Graham Budd Auctions in 2014.

Other highlights include torches from Calgary 1988 and Tokyo 1964.

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