April 18 - Hundreds of items used during the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, including iconic memorabilia signed by some of Britain's greatest competitors, are due to go on sale giving fans a last chance to buy their piece of Games history.
The highlight of the two-day sale, taking place at the City of Coventry stadium - which successfully hosted 12 matches during the men and women's Olympic football tournament - on April 27 and 28, will be the exclusive auction of 80 Games and memorabilia items.
This will include Olympic Torches, with one signed by the most successful sailor in Olympic history Ben Ainslie (pictured top), a cycling jersey signed by Bradley Wiggins, swimming trunks signed by Tom Daley, a pink Diana javelin signed by Jessica Ennis and a large-scale London 2012 Royal Mail stamp signed by Mo Farah.
A Team GB cycling jersey signed by 11 Olympic gold medallists, a life-size Olympic and Paralympic Merrythought bear, a car bonnet signed by multiple Great British sporting legends and a complete Mary Poppins costume from the Olympic Opening Ceremony will also go on sale as part of the auction.
The general sale will feature costumes and props from all four Ceremonies, sports equipment, Torch Relay uniforms, and venue and street banners from the Games, as well as signed photos, programmes, tickets, and other official London 2012 merchandise.
London 2012 Games Makers, Ceremonies volunteers and city ambassadors will be given special access with their accreditation between 9am and 10am GMT on the Saturday (April 27) and will also have the opportunity to find out about future volunteering opportunities with Join In 2013, an independent charitable trust set up to maximise the volunteering opportunities created by London 2012.
"Everyone has great memories of the Games but now this is an opportunity for people to own a unique piece of the Games," London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said.
"Whether you are a seasoned collector or simply looking for an Olympic or Paralympic souvenir, there will be something of interest for everyone.
"And to make this event really special, we really want the amazing volunteers to be involved and help us give London 2012 a good send off."
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