Top 10: Cricket memorabilia
10) Keith Miller 53 Ashes cap - £16,000
In 2004 a cap worn between 1954 -55 by the man considered to be Australia’s greatest all-rounder, Keith Miller, was sold at auction for A$40,775 (approx £16,000).
9) Garfield Sobers’ ‘six sixes’ ball - £26,400
In 1968 Garfield Sobers made county cricket history by hitting six consecutive sixes in a single over for Nottinghamshire against Glamorgan. One of the balls used during this historic innings was sold at a Christie’s auction in 2006 for £26,400.
8) Victor Trumper 1907 -11 test cap - £33,642
In 2004 another green cap, this time belonging to Australian Cricket legend Victor Trumper, sold at auction for A$83,000 (approx. £33,642).
7) Don Bradman’s 1946-47 Ashes bat – £42,484
The bat used by Don Bradman during the 1946-7 Ashes series including his World Record Fifth Wicket partnership with Sid Barnes, sold for A$65,000 (approx. £42,484) at Ravenswick Auctions in December 2012.
The cap worn by Bradman during the same Ashes series of 46-47 had sold at a Christie’s auction in June 2003 for £35,250.
6) Garfield Sobers’ 1958 bat - £46,892
In October 2000 at a Christie’s auction in Melbourne, the bat used by Garfield Sobers to achieve 365 not out for West India against Pakistan in 1958 (breaking Len Hutton’s test record) was sold for A$129,250 (approx. £46,892).
5) Sachin Tendulkar’s bat - £58,480
At an auction in Mumbai in October 2010, the bat used by India’s greatest batsman Sachin Tendulkar in his record-breaking one-day innings of 163 against New Zealand in 2009 sold for Rs 42 lakh (approx. £58,480).
4) A set of Wisden’s Almanacs 1864-1984 - £90,000
In 2009 at a Bonham’s auction, a complete run of the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack for the years 1864 to 1984 was sold for £90,000, far beyond its estimated price of £50,000 - £70,000.
3) MS Dhoni's World Cup winning bat - £100,000
In July 2011, the bat used by Indian captain MS Dhoni to hit the winning runs in that year's Cricket World Cup Final was sold for £100,000. The sale was during a charity auction held to raise funds for Dhoni's own charity 'Winning Ways Today for Tomorrow', which encourages disadvantaged children to play cricket.
2) Don Bradman’s ‘Invincibles’ tour cap - £175,375
In 2008 the baggy green cap worn by Don Bradman on the 1948 ‘Invincibles’ tour of England was sold at a Charles Leski auction for A$400,000 (approx £175,375).
1) Samuel Britcher’s cricket scorebooks - £324,000
In a Christie’s auction in 2005 the MCC purchased a collection of cricket scorebooks written by Samuel Britcher, the MCC’s first official scorer. His record of matches between 1795 and 1806, recorded in four books, was sold for a combined total of £324,000.
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