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Want a torch? Visit eBay

Some of Britain's Olympic torchbearers have been making the most of their country's special moment -- by selling their torches on eBay, attracting bids of over £150,000.

india Updated: Jun 27, 2012 13:09 IST
London olympics 2012

Some of Britain's Olympic torchbearers have been making the most of their country's special moment -- by selling their torches on eBay, attracting bids of over £150,000.

The gold-coloured torches began appearing on the auction website within hours of the torch relay starting in southwest England on Saturday, and one torchbearer said Monday she had received a final bid of £153,000.

Each of the 8,000 runners —chosen for their "inspirational" personal achievements or contribution to local communities — can buy their torch for £215, a London 2012 spokeswoman said. "It's up to the torchbearer to do what they want with their torches. We just hope they end up in a good home," said the London 2012 spokeswoman.

Sarah Milner Simonds, who will carry the flame on Monday after being chosen for her community gardening work, told BBC television she had received a final bid of £153,000.