Don’t auction Games items so fast, says Robertson - Metro US

Don’t auction Games items so fast, says Robertson

Vancouver’s mayor wants to see a permanent Olympic collection added to the city’s museum and is concerned that much could be lost as VANOC plans to auction off memorabilia.

Gregor Robertson said the city is working on an agreement with VANOC and other partners to make sure key mementoes are preserved for the public as a legacy of the Games.

“I am concerned with the auctioning off of items right now, before we get that (agreement) sorted out,” Robertson said.

“We don’t want to see items just sold off … and lose the opportunity to have, in a permanent collection, some of the key items.”

VANOC CEO John Furlong said Tuesday that the organizing committee hoped to raise more than $10 million through the sale of assets, everything from desks and chairs to medal trays and racing bibs.

Furlong also announced that four pucks used during the overtime of Canada’s 3-2 gold-medal victory over the U.S. would be sold in an online auction, while Sidney Crosby’s golden puck was donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

“We’d like to see one of those (pucks) in Vancouver,” Robertson said.

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