Former Australia leg spinner Shane Warne’s baggy green has become the most valuable cricket memorabilia in history. After the leggie made the announcement that he would be auctioning off his iconic cap to help those who have been affected by devastating bushfires in Australia, the bidding war went through the roof and bids reached $275,000 in just two hours. When this article was being published, the cap was up for a mind-boggling $525,000.
With just over 11 hours left in the auction, the bidding has already screamed past the winning bid for the cap of Sir Donald Bradman, which went for $425,000 in 2003. And also, it has rocketed past the bat used by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 2011 World Cup final.
The leg-spinner has joined the liked Ash Barty, Daniel Ricciardo and several other players on a long list of high-profile members of Australia’s sporting community to announce fundraising measures.
“Some of the images we’re seeing are absolutely horrific. The horrific bushfires in Australia have left us all in disbelief. The impact these devastating fires are having on so many people is unthinkable and has touched us all,” Warne wrote on Instagram.
“Everyone is in this together and we continue to find ways to contribute and help on a daily basis. This has lead me to auction off my beloved baggy green cap (350) that I wore throughout my test career (when I wasn’t wearing my white floppy hat). I hope my baggy green can raise some significant funds to help all those people that are in desperate need.”
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Wow – This is incredible and has totally blown me away as the current bid is at 525k !!!!!!!! Thankyou so so much for this amazing generosity. Remember the auction closes on Friday the 10th of January at 10am Melbourne, Australian time. Not long to go, so please get your bid in and help me raise money for people who are in desperate need of help. Thankyou. Link in Bio ?
The final selling price of the cap could yet go even higher as the bidding is set to close at 10 am (AEDT) on Friday. After the bidding ends, Warne is also slated to award an autographed certificate to the highest bidder.