Border’s baggy green cap auctioned for A$29,000June 27th, 2008 - 2:54 pm ICT by IANS
By Neena Bhandari
Sydney, June 27 (IANS) Former Australian cricket captain Allan Border’s baggy green cap has fetched A$29,000 (US $27,832) at a sports memorabilia auction. The baggy green, signed by the great cricketer, is said to be his first cap to go on sale in public. Before the auction Thursday night, its pre-sale value was estimated at $15,000.
The cap is from a private collection of Keith Atree, who worked at the WACA (Western Australian Cricket Association) in Perth for over five decades as a dressing room attendant.
The managing director of Leskie Auctions, Charles Leskie, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation: “Any baggy green is a great item for us to have for auction but an ex-captain and especially a captain as beloved and successful as Allan Border - it doesn’t come up very often so there’s been a lot of interest in this. We’ve quite a large collection of Allan Border’s cricketing memorabilia.”
Border is said to have exchanged the cap with Atree for Don Bradman memorabilia.
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