CASH IN THE ATTIC: Do you have a London Olympic torch? It could fetch more than £2,000
The record price is £420,000 paid for this rare Helsinki 1952 Olympic torch in 2015
Every week Toby Walne gives the low-down on the value of forgotten treasures that may be gathering dust in your attic.
A 2012 London Olympic relay torch was put up for sale by a pawnbroker for £2,200 this month – one of 8,000 made for participants at the event.
Originally, the official bearers were able to buy them for £215.
The Olympic Torch is one of the most iconic images of sport and was introduced at the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics.
The torch relay was added for the 1936 Berlin Olympics and these are worth at least £6,500 each.
In 1948, the ‘relay of peace’ for the London Olympics involved 1,688 torches.
It was the first time the games had been held for 12 years following the Second World War. These torches now sell for £6,250.
The record price is £420,000 paid for a rare Helsinki 1952 Olympic torch in 2015. It was one of only 22 made and had an unusual intricate design.
The Olympic torch is used because in ancient Greece a fire burned during the Games to symbolise the theft of fire from Greek god Zeus by Prometheus.