Paralympic and Olympic mascots up for auction

Fans are bidding for Olympic memorabilia on the London 2012 website with Olympic torches and mascots amongst the most popular items.

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The 2012 Olympic mascot Wenlock and Paralympic mascot Mandeville

The London 2012 Mascot auction provides fans with the opportunity to bid for unique pieces of Olympic memorabilia and in doing so help some of London’s most disadvantaged young people at the same time.

Some of the statues of Olympic and Paralympic mascots ‘Wenlock and Mandeville’ which have adorned the streets of London during the Games have been customised by leading artists and are available at auction, with bids of over £16,000 being registered.

The life sized mascots are listed for auction amongst a host of further Olympic memorabilia items, with all cash raised going into the Mayor’s Fund for London, and helping to create a lasting legacy for disadvantaged young Londoners.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson explained, “This is a once in a lifetime chance to bid for truly iconic Olympic Games memorabilia and help out our young people in need. The funds will go towards turning round the lives of children in the capital which is a great Games legacy. I encourage everyone interested in our marvellous mascots to get bidding.”

The description from the official London 2012 site of one of the mascots reads as follows:

The City Wenlock mascot will be signed by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. This unique Wenlock is ready for a day in the City.

Wenlock and Mandeville, the London 2012 mascots, are located at points of interest, iconic settings and Olympic and Paralympic locations all around the capital.

Each sculpture of Wenlock and Mandeville is around 2m in height and is often individually and colourfully designed, corresponding to their immediate surroundings while capturing an element of London life.

Visit www.london2012.com/auction to bid for your piece of Olympic history.

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