Colin Bruce, who has an antiques business in Chester-le-Street, County Durham had a lucky day when he found by chance this fabulous Olympic torch from the London olympics.
The torch, which has been verified, was hidden amongst a number of other items in a box Mr Bruce bought for just 20 pounds. Research has shown that the torch is one of just 1,720 especially made for the 1948 games which have some resonance with today as they were known as the austerity games, due to the tough times following the end of the second world war.
Designed by Ralph Lavers the torch is inscribed with "XIVth Olympiad 1948, Olympia to London, with Thanks to the Bearer", made from aluminium alloy with a 14cm diameter bowl the torch will be auctioned on Thursday the 20th June by Anderson & Garland's in Newcastle. The auction starts at at the Westerhope sale room, in Newcastle, at 10am.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Due to the popularity of Olympic memorabilia the torch could fetch considerably more than Mr Bruce paid for it as similar items have previously fetch several thousand pounds.
Details of the item, lot no 1184 can be found here