Bradman cap may well break auction record

December 1st, 2008 - 9:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Dec 1(IANS) The ‘Baggy Green’ cap won by legendary Don Bradman on the 1948 “Invincibles” Ashes tour has been placed an estimated price of $600,000 to $750,000 by its auctioneer and could well break the auction record.”I defy anybody who tells me anything in Australian sport that is more important or has a higher status,” auctioneer Charles Leski was quoted as saying the Sydney Morning Herald. The auction is set to take place Dec 15.

“This is the single most valuable item we’ve ever auctioned - sporting, Australiana, across the board,” Leski said.

The cap is accompanied by a memo signed by Bradman in 1996, declaring “on his twelfth birthday I gave Richard Robins one of my Aust. XI caps”.

Robins’s father, Walter, played 19 Tests for England and was described by Bradman as his “best pal in the cricket world” - despite bowling the great man with a googly to which Bradman offered no shot in the 1930 Trent Bridge Test.

Serisier, a 47-year-old retired banker from Coffs Harbour, bought it prior to auction in 2003, amid a campaign to return it to Australia.

A Bradman bat was recently sold for a world record $145,000.

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