Famous Sydney Harbour Bridge Olympic Rings Up for Sale on EBay (Again)

The iconic 35-ton set of steel Olympic Rings that adorned the Sydney Bridge during the 2000 Olympic Games are being listed for sale on EBay. They have been put up for auction before, most recently in 2015, and have a current starting bid of $14,999.00

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While the number of Olympic Rings paraphernalia produced for each Olympic Games is on scale of “millions,” not all rings are created equally. These particular rings, which were attached to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, were among the most-photographed and recorded images of the Games, and rank among the most iconic sets of Olympic Rings in the history of the event.

The rings are 75 meters wide, 35 meters high, and are 35 tons of steel. At current market rates for scrap steel of about $116/ton, that means the rings are worth at least $4,100 US dollars.

But the current seller of the rings is hoping that nostalgia will at least triple that value to an interested seller. That’s still a steep discount on the $750,000-$1,000,000 they cost to build originally.

The rings are “not fully functional,” though no specifics on what that means were given – likely that they don’t light up the way they did during the Games.

There last sale was for $21,100 Australian dollars in 2015, which is about $16,700 in today’s US Dollars. At the time, the seller Bernard Maas said that a “fellow from Pyrmont in Sydney bought them.”

It later was revealed that they were purchased by electrician Tony Stavropoulos. He said earlier this year that he was hoping to get between 50,000 and 100,000 Australian dollars for the rings, which converts to $36,500 and $73,000 in US dollars.

After struggling to find a bidder in a private sale, hoping that they might go up in one of two new stadiums being built in Sydney, Stavropoulos has turned to the place he originally bought them: EBay.

The sale includes the architectural ring plans.

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6 months ago

A Tattoo or 35 ton rings installed on your roof? Is that even a choice.

6 months ago

I miss the Olympics in Sydney . I was there exactly 20 years ago watching multiple events. Brilliant.

Reply to  Joel
6 months ago

I saw over 70 gold medals being won in Sydney, went to the opening and closing and carried the torch….It will forever be the highlight of my life!

Irish Ringer
6 months ago

Shipping would be too expensive on 35 tons.

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