Opportunity to Bid for Games Sports Memorabilia

July 1, 2014

Sports equipment used by athletes and props from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies will be among thousands of Commonwealth Games mementoes auctioned online.

While much of the equipment used during the games is being used for legacy projects around Scotland, a proportion will be available for people to buy on the Glasgow 2014 official auction website.

Sports fans will have an opportunity to own a piece of Commonwealth Games history with bids invited for everything from rugby balls and badminton nets to boxing gloves and pieces of the athletics track.

Photos of athletes, some signed, and parts of the medal podiums and medal trays will also be put up for auction together with costumes from the ceremonies at Celtic Park on July 23 and Hampden on August 3.

The most collectable items are expected to fetch thousands of pounds with money raised going towards the cost of staging Scotland’s biggest-ever sporting and cultural festival.

The website will launch later in July with some early souvenirs, such as photographs of athletes, available soon after. People will first have to register on the site before they can bid for any items.

People can sign up to receive updates on the official Glasgow 2014 auction websiteand to enter a competition to win one of four framed commemorative photos of the Opening Ceremony by visiting http://g2014.is/auctioncomp

Many other Games events have held auctions selling memorabilia. London 2012 held an online auction selling Olympics souvenirs as did Vancouver at the 2010 Winter Olympics and Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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