An exhibition on the Olympic flames in Colmar

Pascal here holds the Olympic torch of the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Credit : DR / Martin ANTOINE

There are 20 of them! 20 Olympic flames which are enthroned in the hall of the European Community of Alsace in Colmar. An incredible collection owned by Pascal, a retiree from Haut-Rhin.I have been collecting all kinds of Olympic memorabilia for 40 years. Medals, flags, posters and also Olympic flames”, confides the Alsatian. Pascal thus has an Olympic torch for each summer Olympics. Extremely rare objects that Pascal hunts down all over the world thanks to auctions reserved for enthusiasts.These auctions often take place over the telephone because they are organized in the United States, Japan and Brazil“, explains this retiree. A Haut-Rhinois who does not skimp on the means to acquire these Olympic torches.”You have to pay several tens of thousands of euros to acquire these flames, but some can fly away to six-figure sums“, Pascal testifies. And the Haut-Rhinois quotes “the Olympic flame from the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. I had a lot of trouble finding it because it only exists 16 copies worldwide“. An enthusiast who does not hesitate to pay very expensive delivery costs to do “the Olympic torch from the last Tokyo Olympics in 2020 will come to Alsace“.

A future Olympic museum?

In addition to the Olympic torches, Pascal owns many Olympic objects: flags, relay batons, medals… “I have been collecting Olympic items for decades. I have prestigious items that belonged to athletes“, says the sixty-year-old. He now hopes to find a place in the region to “welcome my collection“. Pascal is open to all proposals. In the meantime, the 20 Olympic flames of this enthusiast can be discovered at the headquarters of the European Community of Alsace, in Colmar, as part of the exhibition ” L‘Alsace and the Games’ », until September 6. An exhibition to discover a few days after the Olympic flame passed through Alsace.

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