Ever wondered how games from ancient Greece came to culminate into what we know as the Olympics today? It was due to the efforts of a French aristocrat, Pierre de Coubertin, who wanted to give the games an international spin. He made a manifesto, which led to the first International Olympic committee being formed in 1894. The first games were held in Athens in 1896.
Coubertin had come up with a manifesto outlining his vision for the games back then. This manifesto, which is one of the most important historical documents in the Olympic world, was just auctioned. It was expected to fetch $1 million. But Sotheby’s said that three international buyers had a 12-minute auction war to win the document. It finally went for $8.8 million.
Sotheby’s said, “Today’s record result stands as a testament to Pierre de Coubertin’s vision of more than a century ago, and the reverence with which the Olympic games are still held.”
The manuscript is handwritten and has never been viewed by the general public. It states why Coubertin believed that sports must not only be a military pursuit. He firmly believed that athletic endeavours benefit society at large. The 14-page document contains scribblings and corrections as he wanted to perfect the document.
This piece of history is not just important as Olympic memorabilia, but in sports history as well. It has played a major role in bringing the popular international games to us today.