Warne baggy green auction price surpasses Bradman

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Jan 09, 2020, 13:31

Shane Warne's baggy green will deliver more than half a million dollars in bush fire relief funds.

An online auction for the treasured piece of Australian cricket history passed the $500,000 mark on Thursday morning.

he leading bid, as of 1pm Thursday, is $520,500. It belongs to 'M.C.' of Sydney, NSW.

Warne's cap has surpassed the winning bid for the Test cap of Sir Donald Bradman, which in 2003 was auctioned off for $425,000.

Warne played 145 Tests for Australia, taking a then-world record 708 wickets. Arguably the greatest bowler of all time, the leg-spinner was named as one of Wisden's five cricketers of the 20th century.

Though Warne preferred to wear his white floppy hat in the field, his baggy green is an exceptional item of memorabilia. Combined with Australia's desire to get behind bush fire relief, Warne's generous donation is set to deliver a wonderful windfall to fundraising efforts.

Bidding will close at 10am AEDT on Friday morning.

M.C. of Sydney appears to be serious about becoming the winning bidder. Having taken the lead on Wednesday with a bid of $511,000, M.C. was overtaken with a bid of $520,000 at 11.45am Thursday by V.B. of Brighton, Victoria; yet then reclaimed top spot by bidding an extra $500 within the same minute.

On the (extremely) off chance that you can afford it, bid here.

Jan 10, 2020, 03:29

Shane Warne's baggy green sold for over one million dollars

Shane Warne's baggy green, which he put up for auction to raise funds for bushfire relief, has been sold for over one million dollars which is more than double the record of a Don Bradman cap in 2003.

With minutes to go in the auction, the figure crossed into the million mark with the website listing an 'MC' from Sydney making the final bid of AUD1,007,500.

Moments after bidding closed, Warne tweeted: "Thank you so much to everyone that placed a bid & a huge Thank you / congrats to the successful bidder - you have blown me away with your generosity and this was way beyond my expectations! The money will go direct to the Red Cross bushfire appeal."

The auction was being held to raise funds for the bushfire appeal, with the disaster hitting large parts of Australia. In addition to Warne, another legendary former bowler has also put his baggy green up for auction in Jeff Thomson.

The price for Warne's cap is the highest ever bid for a baggy green, beating the AUD 425,000 that was bid for Bradman's cap in January 2003.

"The impact these devastating fires are having on so many people is unthinkable and has touched us all," Warne said. "I hope my Baggy Green can raise some significant funds to help all those people who are in desperate need."

Warne, 50, is Australia's most successful Test bowler with 708 wickets, and is commonly regarded as the game's greatest ever legspinner.

Thomson, 69, played 51 Tests for Australia from 1973 to 1985, taking 200 wickets, and was widely held to be the fastest bowler in the world. He will be auctioning his last remaining baggy green and his cricket vest. All funds raised through the auction of Thomson's items will be donated to charities and fire services.

"I don't have much of my memorabilia left, so these two items are quite rare and special," Thomson said. "It's hard to say what these pieces may go for, but I just hope that they can raise some decent funds that will really make a difference for all of those in need right now."

There are also discussions taking place about the possibility of staging a bushfire relief match which could feature former stars including Warne.

Cricket has launched a number of fund-raising initiatives for the bushfire appeal including players in the BBL donating money for sixes hit and wickets taken, signed shirts being auctioned off while the ODIs between Australia and New Zealand in March will be used for the appeal.

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