Don Bradman’s debut cap to be auctioned

Sir Donald Bradman, an artist with a bat in his hand, is referred to as the greatest cricketer to have played the game of cricket. In the eyes of collectors, Sir Don’s record is unmatchable and his cricketing equipments are worth millions. A golden opportunity for the collectors is turning as the Pickles Auctions has said that the debut baggy green cap of the Late Australian Cricketing Genius would be auctioned.

Nothing is left which is not said about the Legend of Bradman, his batting average of 99.94 was unparalleled, his captaincy was impeccable and as Trevor Bailey said, he was a perfectionist. He made his debut in 1928 and retired 20 years later in 1948. 

He wore his first baggy green cap on tour to Australia against Brisbane’s mighty England. The Don gave the cap to his neighbour, Peter Dunham, in 1859, whose house backed the Bradman’s family home on the Kensington Gardens Parade, Pickles Auction said.

According to AAP reports, Dunham was jailed for eight years and two months for scamming USD 1.3 million from his investors and the court has now asked Dunham to repay USD 80,000. As his estate is bankrupted, the court has ordered to auction of Sir Donald Bradman’s gift, the debut baggy green.

The baggy green has been on loan with the State Library of South Australia since 2003. The library has a museum of Bradman’s collections. The debut baggy green has been on display at the State Library of South Australia’s Bradman collection since then.

Earlier this year, the Australian ace-spinner, Shane Warne auctioned his baggy green for AUD 1 million for the Bushfire relief fund. In 2003, Bradman’s last baggy was auctioned at AUD 425,000, while in 2015, his blazer from his first tour as captain was sold at AUD 132,000. 

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