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New Zealand legend Peter Snell's vest fetches USD 100,000

Wellington: The singlet New Zealand athletics legend Peter Snell wore when he won two gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics sold for NZ$140,000 ($100,000) yesterday, smashing auction estimates.

A file photo of Peter Snell at the Tokyo Games. Pic/AFP
A file photo of Peter Snell at the Tokyo Games. Pic/AFP

New Zealand's national museum Te Papa said it was overjoyed to buy the item, which is stained, slightly torn and still bears the number 466 bib Snell wore in Japan.

"It's a great thrill for New Zealand and an item that has so much to tell us about our history, and the history of sport," chief executive Rick Ellis said.

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