Act fast to grab your own slice of 2012 history

ON your marks, get set...BID!

Time is quickly running out to secure your very own piece of Olympic history, with memorabilia on offer in the official London 2012 auction selling faster than you can say “and Usain Bolt takes the gold”.

Raising money for the Mayor’s Fund for London, the auction is currently offering a vast array of official Wenlock and Mandeville statues – and competition to secure one of the snazzily dressed mascots is fierce.

The Ritz’s resident Queen’s Guard Wenlock is currently fetching close to £6,000 with just hours to go, while Mandeville the Pearly King – resident in Bishops Square – is attracting bids of more than £4,000.

The Mayor’s Fund for London partners and funds projects across the capital that help in three core areas – education, engagement and employment, with the ultimate goal of helping disadvantaged youngsters all the way to a decent job opportunity.

Sixty pence of every single pound raised by the auction (after logistical and Locog fees) will go to helping the charity’s project work in both east and south London succeed.

“This is a once in a lifetime chance to bid for truly iconic Olympic Games memorabilia and help out our young people in need,” said Mayor of London Boris Johnson, the charity’s patron.

But if you think you’ve missed your chance, don’t fret – check back with The Capitalist tomorrow for an exclusive opportunity to be in with a chance of securing your very own two-metre high souvenir.