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Hundreds of Olympic pins went on the auction block after police seized the stolen items two years ago.
They never caught the people who stole them, or located the victims who lost them.
So Wednesday, the pins went up for auction. News Specialist Stacey Butler has the story.
In the grand scheme of the Winter Games, an Olympic pin auction outside the Mayor?s office may not be the biggest event.
?I heard it on television about a half hour before I came down,? said Richard Robertson, Taylorsville.
But it turned out to be a bargain of Olympic proportions.
Seventy-seven hundred dollars in Olympic pins sold for an easy four grand.
?Here we go! We?re able to get five dollar, five dollar on the pin.?
And hands down, Richard Robertson was the winning bidder.
The retired forest ranger says he never paid much attention to pin collecting before.
?I was a moderate collector before today. Now I don?t know what category I?m in,? Robertson said.
Now that he owns some 250 pins, he?s not quite sure what to do with them all.
Where will you sell them? ?To whomever may want them, probably,? said Robertson.
He managed to outbid professional buyers who had high hopes of turning a profit.
It?s enough for even a grown collector to develop Olympic pin envy.
?I had to fight with Richard to get my pins, the ones I wanted,? said Paul Agronick, Salt Lake City.
For his share of the loot, Richard spent just under a grundle.
?It?s more than I expected when I came in the door, though. But we had some fun,? said Robertson.
Something all of us hope we can say when it?s all said and done.
Salt Lake City Corporation says after the cost of the auction and advertising, it nearly broke even in the auction.