Benaud unaware of baggy green auctionOctober 25th, 2008 - 10:33 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 25 (IANS) Former Australian captain Richie Benaud has raised serious questions on the authenticity of his baggy green cap, which is supposed to go under hammer Nov 5. An auction house in Melbourne has claimed that the cap was worn by Benaud during a tour of South Africa in 1957-58. But Benaud said he has no clue as to whether the cap is authentic. The cap is expected to fetch $25,000.
“I don’t have any baggy greens, never have had,” Benaud was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph.
“Another one of mine was sold when they sold a Bradman bat for $32,000. Someone bought what they said was one of my baggy greens in an opportunity shop for 50 cents, and sold it for $10,925,” he added.
“I have no idea if that was my cap or not, and I have no idea if this one is mine. I never kept a cap or a blazer. They just disappeared, no one bothered keeping them in those days,” he added.
But the spokesman of the Melbourne auction house insisted that the cap was authentic.
But Benaud said he is least bothered by somebody earning through his name. “Nope. I am not in the slightest bit interested,” he said.