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Over 5000 people attended the London 2012 final sale and auction in Coventry over the weekend.
The two day sale over the 27th/28th April at the City of Coventry Stadium, saw thousands of items that were used during the Games and official London 2012 merchandise available to buy.
In the first hour alone, which was exclusively for Games volunteers, 1500 people came through the doors to take their opportunity to own a piece of London 2012.
Some of the most popular items proved to be the duvets from the Olympic/Paralympic Village, costumes from the four ceremonies and venue banners.
Director of Paralympic Integration, Chris Holmes, who was at the sale on Saturday, said:
“We were blown away with the fantastic response that we got to this event, especially from the volunteers, with many of them coming in their uniforms. This has shown that the enthusiasm created by London 2012 is still strong and has left a lasting legacy for the volunteer sector.”
The highlight of the weekend was the exclusive auction of Games and memorabilia items, which saw 300 people taking part either at the event or online. There were over 100 lots which included:
The scarecrow from the Olympic Opening Ceremony sold for £2,200
-An Olympic Torch, signed by Ben Ainslie, sold for £2000
-A Royal Mail stamp, signed by Mo Farah, sold for £860
-A javelin, signed by Jessica Ennis, sold for £660
- A set of lane markers, used during the Paralympic athletics, sold for £500
-A pair of Tom Daley’s swimming trunks being sold for £540