Official Torch of the Xth Olympic Games - Grenoble 1968

December 2022 auction


Greeted by two million spectators during the relay which covered France in 50 stages over more than 7000 km from December 19th, 1967 to February 6th, 1968, its first torchbearer was Alain Mimoun, gold medalist in the Marathon at the Melbourne Olympic Games in 1956, the last torchbearer will be Alain Calmat, silver medalist in figure skating at the Innsbruck Olympic Games in 1964, who on February 6th, 1968 at 4:10 p.m., during the opening ceremony, after crossing the Ice Stadium and climbing the steps of the great tower, will light the cauldron of the Olympic flame, in front of sixty thousand spectators.
Handcrafted, it would have been published in only 33 copies. Made of copper sheet metal and consisting of a long handle, partly covered with a red felt grip, it is surmounted by a protective sleeve for the hearth whose body is decorated with three silver medals figuring the official emblem of the Olympics in Grenoble created by Roger Excoffon (1910-1983).

Manufactured by STEFI (Technical Company for Industrial Studies and Supplies), it is 76 cm high and has a diameter of approximately 9.5 cm for the stove and 4.2 cm for the handle. (Very good state of preservation with some traces of oxidation).
The torch is in its rare original cardboard box, never seen and offered for auction to date, (box in used condition with traces of humidity).

Selling price

170 000 € excluding costs