Santa’s Lap: London 2012 Memorabilia

Every day until Christmas we will be pointing you in the direction of a London-inspired Christmas present that (with a bit of luck) you won’t already have on your list. Climb up onto our collective lap and we’ll see what we can move from our sack to your stockings…

The jolliness of the Olympics and Paralympics may seem a world away in these cold, dark December days but if you and yours went nuts for London 2012 there’s still a haul of memorabilia to be bagged even though the official London 2012 shop has shut.

The Official London 2012 Auction site offers a ridiculously huge range of stuff that you can bid for. Guess what this is: “elegant, resplendent in colour and patterned with the authentic ‘shard’ motif from the 2012 games: this is truly a unique artefact, and a piece of history to be treasured.” Seriously? It’s an Olympic street banner from Theobald’s Way (used).

Some of the more interesting things on offer, with current bid price attached, are: a wet-look Placard Bearer costume (Suriname) from the Paralympic Opening Ceremony (£6), a signed Victoria Pendleton photo (£11), drums used in the Paralympic Closing Ceremony (£26), a Tom Daley signed Diving event ticket (£45), a Mary Poppins costume from the Olympic Opening Ceremony (£66), a tennis ball hit by Andy Murray (£86), a Javelin thrown in the stadium (£114), an Olympic programme signed by Seb Coe (£128) and several of the Wenlock and Mandeville sculptures, which were placed around London during the Games (from around £300 to £2,000).

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