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    One of Jenner's final public running appearances

    1984 Los Angeles Olympics Torch Carried by Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner. "I hate to run," Jenner admitted to a journalist covering the story for People magazine. "I don't run. I can't stand running. And anyway I know people will laugh at me when they see my knees. But it's for a good cause, so I'll do it." Now the most famous transgendered person on Earth, Jenner was merely America's most celebrated Olympian when she was pressed into service by the management of Caesar's Tahoe Hotel Casino in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, which had paid a pretty penny to redirect the torch relay route through its scenic environs.

    The tale is recounted in a detailed letter of provenance from our consignor Robert Lorsch, the executive who orchestrated the Tahoe leg of the relay, and who secured Jenner's services for promotion. It was through this unique position that Lorsch was able to acquire Jenner's torch as a keepsake. At just thirty-four years of age, and only eight years removed from her Gold Medal heroics at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Jenner would carry the flame across the Nevada border into California and hand it off.

    The highly collectible artifact exhibits minor flame darkening but no denting of the crown of the torch. Minimal wear is evident on the leather handle and bottom brass fittings, but presents well and continues to symbolize the best of athletic competition and international brotherhood. The torch measures approximately twenty-four inches (24") in length and is accompanied by the original black leather vinyl carrying case. It also comes with an attractive wooden plaque for wall display.

    Perhaps no athlete in history has traveled a more winding road through the various states of celebrity than Jenner, from All-American sports star to relative obscurity, to patriarch of reality television's most famous family and, finally, to status as the world's most famous transgendered person. It is not hyperbole to consider Jenner, in her way, the latest pioneer in a tradition of brave athletes fighting for greater social justice--Jesse Owens, Jackie Robinson, Billie Jean King. Enlightenment never comes quickly, but it always begins with one brave soul willing to light a torch in the darkness. We suspect it will still be years before the full significance of this special relic is realized. Letter of provenance from Robert Lorsch. LOA from Heritage Auctions.

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    July, 2015
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