Olympics: Snell singlet sale unravels in New Zealand

A museum in New Zealand that was planning to buy the singlet athletics legend Peter Snell wore when he won two gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics is now questioning the authenticity of the garmentNew Zealand’s national museum on Thursday said plans to buy athletics legend Peter Snell’s old vest for NZ$140,000 ($100,000) had unravelled after the garment failed its experts’ sniff test. The Te Papa museum bid the huge price at auction last week, thinking it was buying the black singlet Snell wore when he won two gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. “Te Papa has been unable to satisfy itself as to the authenticity of the singlet, and it has been agreed by the parties not to proceed with the sale,” the museum said in a statement.

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