Unique 1985 Cricket World Championship bat fetches Rs 4,50,000
An auction of cricket collectibles conducted last week proved to be a big hit with lovers of the willow game
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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