Deceased former captain Hansie Cronje's signed South Africa t-shirt did not attract bidders at the second edition of Cricketing Heritage Auction organised by Osian's at the Cricket Club of India last evening.
Hansie Cronje. Pic/Getty Images
The base price for match fixing-tainted Cronje's 1991 autographed shirt was announced as Rs 50,000. West Indian batting legend Brian Lara's signed Test match shirt sold for Rs 42,000 — above the Rs 24,000-36,000 expectations.
As expected, Sir Don Bradman signature items were a hit. An autographed copy of Bradman's autobiography Farewell to Cricket was sold for Rs 17,500.
A Bradman-signed book by Anthony Davis went for Rs 35,000. A 1948 Australian team of Invincibles photograph that had autographs by Bradman, Keith Miller, Neil Harvey, Sam Loxton, Lindsay Hassett and others fetched Rs 10,000.
A photograph of Steve Waugh shot by photo journalist and former Australia first-class player Mark Ray fetched a price of Rs 45,000.
The big attraction of the evening was the sale of former India batsman Abbas Ali Baig's 1959 blazer which was bought by a cricket enthusiast for Rs 250,000. Of course, this was not in the Rs 300,000-450,000 as mentioned in the auction's brochure.
A privately produced Prudential World Cup 1983 First Day Cover (50p stamp of Baba Kanshiram from Vadodara) signed by seven of the 14 members of the victorious Indian team earned a final bid of Rs 40,000 after starting with Rs 26,000.
A cricket ball-shaped menu card for a dinner involving the Sri Lankan and English teams which played in Sri Lanka's first ever Test in 1982 was sold for Rs 51,000.
The most exciting bidding took place when two collectors kept raising the price for two ties — an official tour one for 1996 (India, England and Pakistan) and a 2002 India and Sri Lanka in England one.
From an opening price of Rs 7500, the ties were bought for Rs 30,000. The stump that Anil Kumble broke when he clean bowled West Indies' Curtly Ambrose for nought in the 1993 Hero Cup final at Kolkata went for Rs 46,000.