Anderson and Garland, Newcastle, to auction London 1948 Olympics memorabilia

MEMORABILIA from the London 1948 Olympics is to go under the hammer in the North East.

London 1948 Olympics memorabilia to be auctioned
London 1948 Olympics memorabilia to be auctioned

MEMORABILIA from the London 1948 Olympics is to go under the hammer in the North East.

The collection includes an official magazine sold at the culmination of the games for five shillings.

The copy is expected to fetch up to £100 when it goes under the hammer at the Anderson and Garland sale room, in Newcastle, on July 19.

It was produced by World Sports for the British Olympic Association and lists all the winners from the 1948 Games accompanied by a wide variety of images.

At the top is written the name Kettlewell, but it is unclear who this person is.

Being sold as part of the same lot is a ticket to the athletics event, which took place in the Empire Stadium, Wembley, on Wednesday, August 4, 1948.

The seat, priced at six shillings, was in the uncovered West Terrace, accessed by Entrance 58 in Row 7, Seat 122.

Also included with the lot is a special issue First Day Cover published to commemorate the occasion. This is stamped July 29, 1948, Roslin Midlothian, with a set of four stamps priced at 2.5d, 3d, 6d and one shilling.

1948 was the last time the UK hosted the Olympics, which had been postponed for 12 years due to the Second World War. With a difficult economic climate and post-war rationing in place, the event came to be known as the Austerity Games.

In that year a record 59 nations were represented by 4,104 athletes in 19 sport disciplines. The UK came away with 23 medals, of which three were gold. Fred Wyrley-Birch, from Anderson & Garland, said: “These are lovely pieces of Olympic history made all the more pertinent by the fact we are again in times of austerity yet about to celebrate another big summer of sport. I could certainly see them making up to £100.

“It’s fascinating to see what people have kept and to wonder what we’ll see from this year’s Olympic Games in another 50 years’ time.”

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