The 1984 Summer Olympics torch carried by Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, will be up for auction later this month. According to official estimates, the torch could fetch at least $20,000.
Heritage Auctions in Chicago will bid the 24-inch torch on July 30, it said in a statement on Tuesday. Bob Lorsch, a philanthropist and entrepreneur based in Los Angeles, put the torch for auction. Lorsch, who organized the Tahoe leg of the torch, had recruited Jenner to run part of the Lake Tahoe, Nevada, the Associated Press reported.
"This torch serves as a wonderful symbol that masculinity and femininity are not mutually exclusive," Chris Ivy, Heritage's director of sports auctions, said, according to the AP. "The decathlon has long been considered the ultimate athletic proving ground. Jenner has played both gender roles masterfully." Jenner had won an Olympic gold for decathlon in 1976.
In a 1984 interview to People magazine, Jenner said she took part in the run because she was impressed with the way Los Angeles had hosted the Olympics. “I hate to run,” she said at the time. “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.”
Jenner, 65, came out as a transgender in an interview with Diane Sawyer in April. She made her first public appearance as a transgender on the cover of the July issue of Vanity Fair magazine.