Hot item

Smurf-tacular: Sales of Olympic torches heat up on eBay after £153,000 sale

A ‘soot marked’ torch used in the UK leg of the pre-Olympic relay has fetched a hefty price after it was advertised online.

A RAFT OF Olympic torches have been splashed up on the eBay auction website after one torch, which was used in the pre-Games relay, sold for £153,100.

The torch, listed by Sarah Milner Simonds, sold for the staggering price on Monday morning.

A report by the Metro newspaper reveals that Milner Simonds also listed her torchbearer’s uniform.

She is reportedly set to use the money raised by the auction to help fund a community gardening project The People’s Plot.

Milner Simonds had noted that the torch was ‘soot marked from its moments alight’.

Good home

A spokesman for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic said, “It is up to torchbearers what they do with their torches, and we hope the torches on eBay go to a good home.”

By 5pm on Monday afternoon, a second torch had attracted a bit of £100,000.

Some 28 other torches were also listed on the website, as well as official uniforms and tracksuits.

Fans of the Smurfs, however, will not have to splash out quite as much cash to get an Olympic trinket-based memory. The current bidding stands at just under €38.

The relay in the United Kingdom was sparked after the arrival of footballer David Beckham from an official ceremony in Greece, host of the 2004 games, on Friday last.

Some 8,000 people are set to take part in the relay. On day three of the flame-carrying exercise, the light was briefly expunged before being re-lit by the ‘mother flame’.

Olympics organisers: We’re powerless to stop torches going on eBay

Relight my fire: Olympic torch goes out on Day 3 of relay