Caitlyn Jenner, who was then called Bruce Jenner, carried the torch through the Lake Tahoe, Nevada to finish the remaining 1,000 meters of relay during the opening ceremony of 1984 Summer Olympic
The 1984 Summer Olympics torch, which was carried by Caitlyn Jenner, then known as Bruce Jenner, is going up for the auction.
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Caitlyn Jenner carried the torch through Lake Tahoe, Nevada during the opening ceremony of 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles. The 24-inch torch, which is made of brass and leather, will go to auction block on July 30 at Heritage Auctions and is expected to fetch more than $20,000, the website announced on Tuesday.
The torch was sold by Bob Lorsch, a Los Angeles-based philanthropist and entrepreneur, who insured the participation of Bruce Jenner in torch relay on Nevada route and he ran 1,000 meters to finish out the relay. Jenner was “America’s most celebrated Olympian at the time when he was asked to participate as he had won a gold medal in 1976 Olympic decathlon eight years ago.
“As the 1976 decathlon champion, Jenner was the only celebrity runner designated during the 50 kilometer stretch that Caesars Tahoe sponsored.” Bob Lorsch said.
In an 1984 interview, Jenner told People that he carried the flame only because Los Angeles hosted Olympics very nicely and he wanted to do something unusual for them in return. “I hate to run,” Jenner said. “I don’t run. I can’t stand running. And anyway I know people will laugh at me when they see my knees. But it’s for a good cause, so I’ll do it.”
The torch is considered the first significant piece of Jenner memorabilia to go on auction since her transition from Bruce to Caitlyn earlier this year.
“This torch serves as a wonderful symbol that masculinity and femininity are not mutually exclusive,” said Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions. “The decathlon has long been considered the ultimate athletic proving ground. Jenner has played both gender roles masterfully.”
“From All-American sports star to patriarch of Keeping Up Kardashians, the world’s most famous reality television family to her current status as the pioneer and centerpiece of the evolving global transgender conversation. This is the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to surface and we expect collectors will find it every bit as significant as we think it is.”
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Jenner will receive ESPY’s Arthur Ashe Courage Award on July 15 for her courage to coming out as a transgender while her documentary series, based on her male to female transition, “I Am Cait” will premiere on July 26.