Lot 56014 −
A 1936 Berlin XI Olympiad Stainless Steel Relay Torch

1,000 — 2,000 USD
Krupp, A.G., Essen, Germany, 1936
10-3/4 x 6 x 6 inches (27.3 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm)

The 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics relay torch designed by sculptor Walter Lemcke and produced by the German manufacturer Krupp, with meticulously engraved words and graphics. The top flange of the torch reads: "Als Dank Dem Trager. Organisations-Komitee Fur Die XI Olympiade Berlin 1936." Translation: "As Thanks to the Exchanger. Organizing Committee for the XI Olympiad Berlin 1936."

At the top of the stem there is an incredible graphic of the Nazi Eagle clutching the Olympic Rings (which represent the five inhabited continents of the world) - a harbinger of things to come. Below that reads: "Fackel-Staffel-Lauf Olympia-Berlin 1936." Translation: "Torch Relay Race." Also appearing on the stem is another amazing graphic of the path of the Olympic Torch Relay, from Athens to Berlin, with the names of the cities along the way.

The Berlin Olympic Games of 1936 took place exactly in between when Adolf Hitler came to power and the start of World War II. Hitler envisioned the Games as an incredible marketing opportunity to showcase the Aryan supremacy of Germany's 'master race' on the world stage. The most lavish Olympic spectacle up to that time and the first ever to be televised, the 1936 Games saw Jesse Owens set four world records (to Hitler's dismay) and the United States refuse to dip its flag in the opening ceremony.

The lot includes a 27-3/4 x 1-1/4 inches painted wooden baton.
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