Former Australia legspinner Shane Warne’s Baggy Green was sold for a record $1 million and more on Friday, with all the money going to help victims of bushfire raging in Australia. The price established a record fetching of $1,007,500, more than double the price paid during the auction of Sir Don Bradman’s cap, which was sold at $425,000 for charity in 2003.
The fierce begging war emerged primarily between two contenders – MC from Sydney and WC from Gordon. After a back-and-forth battle between the two, the bidding war intensified with the price shooting from $700,000 to $860,000 in a matter of 30 minutes Thursday night.
The battle took off again in the early hours of Friday, escalating to $990,500 before the matter cooled off briefly. However, in the last few minutes of the auction, a final bid of Rs $1,007,500 was made by MC in the remaining 60 seconds, which proved to be the winner. The auction went past 10AM, the final closing time, as there was a provision of extending the time if there are late bids as per rules.
“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.”