Australian legend and also the greatest batsman in the history of cricket Don Bradman’s green cap that he wore on his debut has been sold at a whopping price at an auction. Bradman wore that “baggy green cap” on his Test debut for Australia in 1928.
The cap was bought by an Australian business tycoon Peter Freedman, the founder of RODE Microphones for a price of AUD$450,000 (US$340,000).
Bradman is known for possessing the highest batting average of 99.94 in the history of Test cricket before retiring from the game.
Bradman’s cap has been sold for the second-highest bid as cricket memorabilia in the country after Shane Warne’s baggy green cap was sold for Rs. 4.9 crore for the cause of forest fire in Australia.
Freedman is known for shelling out huge money during the auctions for possessing things of extraordinary value. He spent US$6 million during an auction for buying a guitar by grunge rock icon Kurt Cobain, also making it the most expensive guitar in the history.
He left no stones unturned in buying Bradman’s cap and emerged the final buyer at the auction.
“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.” he added.
“All too often, memorabilia such as this ends up spending its life on the wall of some board room or in some basement bar of a well-heeled sports fanatic,” Freedman said in a statement.
“I want as many people to enjoy it as possible.” he concluded.