Sotheby's At Large

Let the Games Begin

As the second week of the Rio Olympics gets underway, Japanese gymnasts, American swimmers and German golfers are picking up gold medals and setting world records. With 206 participating countries, the whole world is watching.

Our contemporary Olympic heroes draw roots from Ancient Greece where legend say Hercules accomplished his infamous Twelve Labors and returned to Olympia, he marked an athletic event to honour his father, Zeus. By the 6th century B.C.E., when the games were first recorded, the Olympics had become the most famous sporting event in all of Greece. From a sacred religious festival, the Games have evolved into an international sporting event inspiring artists and athletes to strive and document unforgettable moments. Click ahead to see Olympic-related art and objects from across time and continents sold by Sotheby’s.  
- Natasha Tripathi