Forget The Great British Bake Off
, it’s time to get on board with the great Olympic sell off. Fans are being given the opportunity to buy equipment and furniture used in the London Games.
Items ranging from rakes used to smooth the sand on the beach volleyball courts to the batons used in the relays are up for auction on LOCOG’s official London 2012 site
So far, table tennis balls have been sold for £131 and javelins for £2,505. Currently, a shuttlecock used in the men’s singles final is available for £201 with only one day of bidding to go. You can also bid for signed memorabilia including a framed ‘limited edition’ Bradley Wiggins photo starting at £375.
But it’s not just the equipment that is up for grabs. A website called Remains of the Games
has also been set up by the company – Ramler Furniture Ltd - which was responsible for sourcing and buying around one million pieces of furniture for the Games and renting them to LOCOG
Up for sale is an athletes’ bedroom four-piece set going for £99 and a waterproof umpire’s chair stand at £199. Even the mattresses slept on by athletes such as Jessica Ennis and Usain Bolt were available to buy, although unsurprisingly, these sold out within minutes.
All the products will have been used on average for about 14 days and will be repacked and dispatched as new. They will also carry a label saying that it has been used at the 2012 Olympics, giving buyers a genuine souvenir of the biggest event of the summer.
So if you are still mourning the finish of the Games, it’s not too late to literally get a piece of the action.