20 January 2006
Next Tuesday 24th January, with just 50 days remaining until the Opening Ceremony, the official Melbourne 2006 Countdown Auction begins in the Bourke Street Mall.
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.
Individually numbered art pieces titled “Unity” will go under the hammer each day at what promises to be an entertaining daily public auction on 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.
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games General Manager, 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 the QANTAS lounge at Melbourne Tullamarine Airport.
The first auction begins on Tuesday 24 January at 1.00pm sharp outside the David Jones Menswear Store in the Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne. The auctions will continue at 1 p.m. on the Bourke Street Mall every day in the lead up to the Opening Ceremony of the Games on the 15th March.
People wishing to secure their own ‘Unity’ art piece, can access the advance bidding system available online at www.melbourne2006.com.au. Advance bids will be accepted until 5pm the day prior to every auction.
The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15-26 March 2006.
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