The Original Olympic manifesto set the record as the world’s most expensive sports collectible when it sold for $8.8 million in 2019. A French aristocrat named Pierre de Coubertin wrote it in 1892, outlining his vision for reviving the ancient Greek Games, the precursor to the Olympic Games, into a modern international event. In 1894, Coubertin co-founded the International Olympic Committee, which oversaw the first Olympic Games in Athens in 1896.
On November 25th, 1892, Pierre de Coubertin delivered the manifesto at Sorbonne in Paris. Two years later, a decision was made to re-establish the Olympic Games.
During the auction in 2019, experts predicted that the manifesto would not sell for more than $1 million. However, after 12 minutes of bidding by three international buyers, the sale of the prized artifact came to a close.