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Unique 1985 Cricket World Championship bat fetches Rs 4,50,000

A unique bat autographed by players of all the teams participating in the 1985 World Championship of Cricket in Australia fetched a massive Rs 4,50,000 at a sporting memorabilia conducted by Osian’s last Friday at the Cricket Club of India.


Erapalli Prasanna

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The piece of willow belonged to former India off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna, who was the manager of that Sunil Gavaskar-led Indian team which clinched the trophy after beating Pakistan at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. This was India’s second major triumph after the 1983 World Cup.


This bat was used by former Test opener Anshuman Gaekwad during his 201 vs Pak

Even Prasanna’s India cap which he wore on India’s historic 1971 tour of England was a hit with the bidders. It ultimately went for Rs 108,000

Former opener Anshuman Gaekwad’s bat with which he worked his way to India’s first Test double hundred against arch-rivals Pakistan went for Rs 204,000.


A bat bearing signatures of teams that participated in the 1985 World Championship of Cricket in Australia. The bat belonging to former Test off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna was sold for Rs 4,50,000

It was a painstaking batting effort by Gaekwad who took 652 minutes for his 201 before he was caught and bowled by Wasim Raja at Burlton Park in Jallandhar.


Item to cherish: A cap which was worn by former Test off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna on India's historic 1971 tour of England was sold for Rs 108,000. 
The team led by Ajit Wadekar experienced their first Test series win in England since 1932. 

Another bat, which belonged to former India captain G S Ramchand, bearing signatures of the 1974-75 India and West Indies teams, fetched Rs 1,56,000.

Encouraging
According to a press release from Osian’s, 73% of the collectibles made available to bidders were sold.

An autographed copy of KS Ranjitsinhji’s classic Jubilee Book of Cricket achieved the highest price for a book at Rs 1,08,000. A CK Nayudu-autographed photograph of India’s first Test XI - at Lords in June 1932 attracted the highest price for a photograph – Rs 90,000 (US$1,385).


Bhajji’s landmark attire: Harbhajan Singh's T'shirt which he wore in the Dominica Test against the West Indies where he claimed his 400th Test wicket was sold for Rs 2,16,000 at an auction conducted by Osian's Auction House at the Cricket Club of India on September 13, 2013. Pics/Osian's

In the contemporary section, Harbhajan Singh’s signed Test jersey which he wore in the Dominica Test against the West Indies in 2011 when he claimed his 400th Test wicket sold for Rs 2,16,000. VVS. Laxman’s signed gloves worn while scoring 103 against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 2010 sold for
Rs 1,80,000.  

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