Created by Charlwood Design, inspiration for Unity has been derived from the three core values of the CGF - Humanity, Equality and Destiny.
With just 50 days remaining until the Opening Ceremony, the official Melbourne 2006 Countdown Auction begins in the Bourke Street Mall for the first of 50 individually numbered art pieces titled "Unity" to go under the hammer.
You may not win Gold as an athlete at the Games but if you are the successful bidder for one of these sought after limited edition, individually numbered collectables you'll be a winner in what will be one of the greatest spectator sports of the Games.
The auctions will provide an entertaining daily public event in the Bourke Street Mall and bidding is expected to be highly competitive as memorabilia enthusiasts from across the country vie for their own limited edition Games collectable.
Created by Charlwood Design, designer of the Melbourne 2006 Queen's Baton, inspiration for Unity has been derived from the three core values of the Commonwealth Games Federation - Humanity, Equality and Destiny.
The Games General Manager of Sales and Commercial, Mr Ty Speer, said “Unity also draws inspiration from Melbourne's diverse architecture and cultural heritage whilst symbolising the gathering of 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth.
"Each of the art pieces will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks and Melbourne 2006 Chairman Ronald J Walker. We expect them to be highly sought after."
Replicas of the Unity art piece are currently on display in David Jones, Bourke Street Mall, and in the Qantas lounge at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.
The first auction begins on Tuesday 24 January at 1pm sharp outside the David Jones Menswear Store in the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne. The auctions will continue at 1pm. on the Bourke Street Mall every day in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony of the Games on 15 March 2006.
People wishing to secure their own Unity art piece can access the advance bidding system available here online. Advance bids will be accepted until 5pm the day prior to every auction.