Bradman’s first Test Cricket bat auctioned
Don Bradman’s first Test Cricket bat attracted a record price of USD 121,500(Rs 54 Lakhs) at an auction held by Melbourne’s Leski Auctions on Wednesday. The bat, purchased by an undisclosed Australian buyer, was signed by the entire 1928-29 Australian team as well as the English team which won the series 4-1.
The bat did not see much action in the first Test in Brisbane in 1928-29 — Bradman scored just 18 and 1 in England’s 675-run win. Bradman was dropped after his inauspicious debut, and he later donated the bat to a competition run by a Sydney newspaper to raise money for a children’s hospital.