Furniture from bedrooms at London 2012 Olympics up for grabs at Nottingham auction
THOUSANDS of pieces of furniture from the London Olympics will be sold off at an auction in Nottingham this weekend.
People from up and down the country are expected to go along to the sale at the Arthur Johnson & Sons auction house, in Meadow Lane, on Sunday.
More than 60,000 individual pieces of furniture or equipment will be up for grabs including stackable chairs, lockers and even luggage trolleys.
Thousands of competitors' beds from the athletes' village will also go under the hammer as well as the mattresses they slept on, the sofas they relaxed on in their rooms and wardrobes they hung their kit in.
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All items were used during the summer games, some by officials, journalists and VIP guests and others by the athletes themselves.
The sale is primarily aimed at trade buyers as items will be sold in large quantities.
However, a mini-auction will also raise money for the Royal British Legion.
Phil Poyser, managing director of Arthur Johnson and Sons, said: "There has never been a sale like this in Britain and we are looking forward to welcoming organisations who are likely to want to buy furniture in large quantities, such as sports clubs, hotels, schools and community groups.
"Not only was everything used in some form or other at the Olympics, but that is complemented by the fact that this is all top-quality furniture and there are going to be some very good deals to be had."
Although there is no record of who actually used the items, each will come bearing a sticker certifying that it was used at the Games.
Mr Poyser added: "We may not be able to confirm whether or not a customer has bought the actual bed Usain Bolt slept in the night before winning the 100 metres but we can say their purchases are genuine souvenirs of arguably the best sporting competition staged in this country.
"That unique history, plus the fact there will be some great deals, promises to make Sunday's sale a fantastic one-off event."
The company says just a "fraction" of the lots on sale will be displayed at the auction house, which is hosting two viewing days, on Friday and Saturday.
The sale starts at 12.30pm on Sunday and people will also be able to bid online at www.ibidder.com. For more information, visit www.arthurjohnson.co.uk