Heritage Auctions/ AP
Monday, July 6, 2015|11:38 p.m.
NEW YORK– The 1984 Summer season Olympic Torch that Bruce Jenner finished Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is going on the auction block where it could bring $20,000 or more.
It’s the very first significant piece of Jenner souvenirs to go to auction since the winner of the 1976 Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal became Caitlyn Jenner.
The 24-inch torch, featuring a brass finish and leather deal with, is being provided by Heritage Auctions at its Platinum Night Sports Auction in Chicago on July 30. The seller is Bob Lorsch, a Los Angeles benefactor and business owner who managed the Tahoe leg of the torch relay and secured Jenner’s involvement.
“This torch functions as a remarkable symbol that masculinity and feminineness are not equally exclusive,” said Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions. “The decathlon has long been considered the ultimate athletic proving ground. Jenner has actually played both gender roles masterfully.”
Jenner was approached to carry the torch as part of the Los Angles Summertime Olympic Games to aid support Caesars Tahoe’s program of returning to the local neighborhood and promoting location youth programs, said Lorsch. The hotel gambling establishment held a drawing for a possibility to win a place in the relay and sponsored 50 kilometers or about 31 miles of the Nevada route. Seven went to people and 42 to local companies. Jenner was asked to run the remaining kilometer or 1,000 meters.
“Caesars saw it as a tremendous opportunity … to do something more unique, never ever realizing that we would be developing what is really a piece of history that originated as a piece of sports history, then progressed as a piece of home entertainment history through the Kardashian legacy and ending up being a cultural phenomenon through the shift to Caitlyn,” said Lorsch.
“Besides trinkets and signed souvenirs, this is the very first piece of what I would think about considerable Jenner souvenirs to reach the auction block,” said Ivy.
Much better understood to a younger generation as the patriarch on “Keeping up With the Kardashians,” Jenner, 65, announced earlier this year that he was transitioning to become a lady. Vanity Fair ran glamour photos of him as Caitlyn.
A spokesman for Jenner didn’t react to a request for comment.
Caitlyn Jenner will receive the Arthur Ashe Nerve Award at the upcoming ESPY Awards on July 15 for her bravery for publicly coming out as a transgender female.
An E! Home entertainment network documentary series “I Am Cait,” portraying Jenner’s change from a guy to a female, will debut July 26.