The “baggy green” worn on Test debut in 1928 by Australia’s biggest batsman Donald Bradman has offered for Aus$450,000 (US$340,000), a report for one of many cricket legend’s caps. Bradman, who retired with an all-time highest Test batting common of 99.94, wore the cap in the course of the first match of his Test profession in opposition to England. Pickles public sale home mentioned Tuesday the saggy inexperienced had been purchased by the businessman Peter Freedman, whom is the Australian founding father of RODE Microphones, after initially failing to promote underneath the hammer.
“After negotiations the final bid and highest offer was the $450,000,” Pickles govt supervisor Gavin Dempsey advised AFP.
“It’s still, for a Bradman cap, on record the highest price paid on the open market.”
In June, Freeman spent US$6 million on a guitar performed by grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain, making it the most costly guitar in historical past.
Freedman mentioned he would put Bradman’s cap on show round Australia, just like world tour plans he beforehand introduced for the Nirvana entrance man’s guitar.
“All too often, memorabilia such as this ends up spending its life on the wall of some board room or in some basement bar of a well-heeled sports fanatic,” Freedman mentioned in a press release.
“I want as many people to enjoy it as possible.”
Bradman had gifted the cap to his neighbour, accountant Peter Dunham, who native media reported was jailed in May for eight years over a multimillion-dollar fraud.
Pickles mentioned the cap was offered on behalf of an insolvency agency looking for to recoup a few of the traders’ losses.
The newest sale exceeds the Aus$425,000 (US$321,000) paid for the cap worn throughout his ultimate Test in 1948 by Bradman, who died in 2001 aged 92.
However, it fell effectively beneath the Aus$1 million (US$756,000) paid for spin legend Shane Warne’s saggy inexperienced when it was auctioned off to assist Australian bushfire victims earlier this yr.
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