Olympics auction gets under way

Prestwich and Whitefield Guide: Members of the public attend the sale of hundreds of items that were used during the London 2012 Olympics Members of the public attend the sale of hundreds of items that were used during the London 2012 Olympics

A two-day sale of items used during the London Olympics has got off to a brisk start with a scarecrow outfit used in the opening ceremony fetching £2,200.

The auction of London 2012 memorabilia, being held at Coventry's Ricoh Arena, is billed as the "last chance" to own a part of the Games.

The opening day of the sale also saw a Mary Poppins costume worn during the opening ceremony sell for £200.

Tennis balls, javelins and running track blocks are also being sold off as part of a general sale of equipment.

Games-makers and other volunteers were allowed into the event early to ensure they had the first pick of the general sale items.

A London 2012 spokesman confirmed that 1,500 bargain-hunters had attended in the first hour of the sale alone.

The spokesman said: "It's fair to say we were expecting it to be popular but that was beyond what we expected.

"We had massive queues both outside the venue and inside. People were literally picking up and walking around with armfuls of stuff."

The money raised will go back to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games' (Locog) general budget.

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