Hel­met from Ja­maican bob­sled team doesn’t sell at auc­tion

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

A hel­met from the Ja­maican bob­sled team at the 1988 Win­ter Olympics in Cal­gary wasn’t the hot com­mod­ity it was ex­pected to be at a Boston auc­tion.

The ask­ing price of $3,500 for the yel­low head­gear worn by Ja­maican bob­sled pi­lot Dud­ley Stokes dur­ing the team’s fi­nal qual­i­fier wasn’t met.

A pair of orange-and-pink ski goggles worn by Stokes dur­ing an ear­lier heat didn’t gen­er­ate much in­ter­est ei­ther.

Robert Liv­ingston of RR Auc­tion in Boston says the hel­met was pur­chased at a lower price by a pri­vate col­lec­tor in the United States af­ter the auc­tion closed last week.

He said he was sur­prised that the hel­met, which he called the “hid­den gem” of the auc­tion, didn’t at­tract more at­ten­tion.

The story of the mem­bers of the Ja­maican bob­sled team, who had never ex­pe­ri­enced snow be­fore but prac­tised the all-im­por­tant start in Ja­maica, earned world­wide at­ten­tion, and was later adapted by Walt Dis­ney into the hit movie “Cool Run­nings.”

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