Warne’s cap raises Aus$1m for bushfire appeal
SYDNEY: Cricket star Shane Warne’s “baggy green” cap sold at auction for more than Aus$1 million (nearly $700,000) Friday, with all funds going to help victims of bushfires raging in Australia.
The spin legend wore the cap during his 145-Test career, in which he took more than 700 wickets, and said he was blown away after a late bidding war pushed the price to Aus$1,007,500.It far exceeded the Aus$425,000 paid at auction for the cap belonging to the legendary Donald Bradman when that was sold for charity in 2003.
“Thank you so much to everyone that placed a bid a huge Thank you/ congrats to the successful bidder – you have blown me away with your generosity and this was way beyond my expectations,” he tweeted. “The money will go direct to the Red Cross bushfire appeal. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.” The Commonwealth Bank, Australia’s biggest lender, was revealed as the winning bidder. Chief executive Matt Comyn said the cap would go on a tour of the country to raise more money before being donated to the Bradman Museum in Bowral, southwest of Sydney, where it will remain on permanent exhibit.The “baggy green” is awarded to Australian players when they make their Test debut and is worn as a badge of pride.
Warne decided to put the cap up for auction on Monday to help those who have suffered in the catastrophic fires that have devastated parts of the country and left at least 26 people dead and almost 2,000 homes destroyed. “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,” he said on Instagram.