Te Papa has bought the iconic black singlet Peter Snell wore during his twin gold medal runs at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics for $122,500 – more than double the auction estimate.
The singlet sold this morning at Cordy’s Auctions in Auckland, with competition from two phone bidders ramping up the price.
Te Papa chief executive Rick Ellis said he was thrilled to acquire the singlet for New Zealanders.
“It’s a great thrill for New Zealand and an item that has so much to tell us about our history, and the history of sport.”
They shut down their award-winning publishing company so they could buy a fucking singlet.