In 2012, London became the first city to host the modern Olympic Games three times – having previously hosted in 1908 and 1948. The spectacular event featured more than 10,000 athletes from 204 nations, with new world records set in archery, swimming and weightlifting. It’s also remembered for the inventive opening ceremony overseen by director Danny Boyle and featuring iconic Britons including Queen Elizabeth II, Daniel Craig and Dizzee Rascal.
This London 2012 Olympic torch with glass encasement is one of two produced especially for the speedboat segment of the spectacular opening ceremony (one was a reserve).
The glass encasement ensured the flame could withstand water spray and wind as the speedboat sped up the Thames. David Beckham accompanied the torch during this stage, handing it on to Steve Redgrave.
It is not known whether this torch is the one carried by Beckham or is the reserve.
Sold with its original carry case and a certificate of authenticity from the official organisers of the Games.
An impossibly rare and hugely desirable piece of London 2012 Olympic history. Highly coveted by Olympic collectors.
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