A torchbearer of London 2012 Olympics has sold out her unit of the torch for a whopping price of £153,000, circa $192,000 on auction site eBay. Indeed, it is a strange move that a torchbearer sells the souvenir edition of Olympic torch, which is sold to torchbearers for discounted prices. Sarah Milner Simonds, a gardener from Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, is the controversial torchbearer, who sold the torch for a huge price. Simonds just wanted to fund a gardening project under her through the sale of the Olympic torch.
The gloomy financial state of the world is, of course, the reason that prompted Simonds to sell the torch. She has herself admitted the fact saying that in time of financial recession it is difficult to find enough funds. Hence, she has simply gone on to sell the torch to allot money for her gardening project. Miss. Simonds is working with People's Plot, which is a community-driven gardening project in London. People are allowed to grow their own fruits and vegetables and cook and eat the foods they grow together under the particular project.
Every member of the 8,000 Olympic torchbearers is allowed a unit of the torch for a discounted price. The gas-powered torch originally costs about £495 ($600) and it is available for £215 ($270) for every torchbearer. Olympic sponsors bear rest of the cost. However, as per the Olympic Organizing Committee, it is up to a torchbearer to decide what to do with his/her torch. There is no restriction on torchbearers on selling their units of the torch.
Yet, many people were angry over Simonds’ decision to sell the torch. In fury, they placed many false bids for the torch. Anyway, the torch got around 160 bids and the winning bid came to be £153,100. As a result of many counterfeit bids, there were around seven bids for even bigger prices, which were later withdrawn from eBay. Simonds said that she was dismayed of people’s responses against the sale. Many people who opposed the sale sent her abusive emails and messages.
According to Simonds, she was really upset when people opposed the deal. She added that it was not something for her to keep the shiny trophy on a mantelpiece; instead she wanted to cash in the souvenir for a great project, which will encourage people towards gardening and green life. Well, the decision has some blessed purpose. But many people think that she wouldn't have chosen the London Olympic torch for cash even before the sports event kicked off.
Anyway, as per reports, following Simonds' sale of the Olympic torch, many other torchbearers have also listed their torches on eBay. According to Telegraph, dozens of new gold torches have already appeared on the site and many are sold for prices reaching over £100,000. One seller has attracted £100,099.99 bid, one has grabbed £53,100 and many others have made over £1,000 with their torches.