The torch marks the first piece of Jenner memorabilia to hit auction since the Olympic gold medalist became known as Caitlyn

By Maria Coder
July 07, 2015 02:55 PM
Heritage Auctions/AP

The Summer Olympic torch that Caitlyn Jenner (then known as Bruce) carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, in 1984 is going to the auction block, where it could bring in $20,000 – or even more.

The Associated Press reports that the 24-in. torch is the first major piece of Jenner memorabilia to go to auction since the decathlon gold medalist revealed she is transgender and introduced herself to the world.

The brass torch will be up for bidding in Chicago during Platinum Night Sports at Heritage Auctions on July 30. Its seller, Bob Lorsch, was among those who helped carry the torch through Lake Tahoe, ultimately tapping Jenner for the last 1,000-meter stretch.

“This torch serves as a wonderful symbol that masculinity and femininity are not mutually exclusive,” Chris Ivy, Heritage’s director of sports auctions, told the AP. “The decathlon has long been considered the ultimate athletic proving ground. Jenner has played both gender roles masterfully.”

Jenner, now 65, was first approached to carry the torch to help support the Caesars Tahoe’s agenda of giving back to the local community and promoting youth programs. The hotel had held a drawing, giving the winners a chance to make history and carry the torch along a 31-mile route. Seven slots went to individuals, 42 to organizations, and the last went to Jenner.

“Caesars saw it as a tremendous opportunity to do something more special, never realizing that we would be creating what is truly a piece of history that originated as a piece of sports history, then evolved as a piece of entertainment history through the Kardashian legacy and becoming a cultural phenomenon through the transition to Caitlyn,” Lorsch told the AP.

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Jenner is set to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards on July 15 for her bravery in coming out as a transgender woman, and E! will debut its docuseries I Am Cait, about Jenner’s new life, starting July 26.

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