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Not sacred: Olympic organisers auction torches

Published:Thursday | June 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Want to buy the torch that soccer star David Beckham used to light the celebratory cauldron that kicked off the relay for the London Olympics?

It can be yours!

The auction is on - but it's not on eBay. Not to be outdone by runners turning to the popular auction site to sell their torches, London's Olympic organisers are running an auction of their own. Bidding closes July 4.

Some 8,000 people are taking part in the 8,000-mile (12,875-kilometre) relay around Britain and Ireland. Each gets the option of keeping their torch - provided they can ante up the £199 ($312) cost. Organisers say that is a discounted rate.

So far, 11 people have decided to hand their torch back. Proceeds will subsidise the cost of the torches and contribute to the staging of the London Games.