SYDNEY: The “baggy green” worn on Test debut in 1928 by Australia’s greatest batsman Donald Bradman has sold for Aus$450,000 (US$340,000), a record for one of the cricket legend’s caps.
Bradman, who retired with an all-time highest Test batting average of 99.94, wore the cap during the first match of his Test career against England.
Pickles auction house said Tuesday the baggy green had been bought by the businessman Peter Freedman, whom is the Australian founder of RODE Microphones, after initially failing to sell under the hammer.
“After negotiations the final bid and highest offer was the $450,000,” Pickles executive manager Gavin Dempsey told 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 played by grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain, making it the most expensive guitar in history.
Freedman said he would put Bradman’s cap on display around Australia, similar to global tour plans he previously announced for the Nirvana front man’s guitar.
Source: The News