First bat used by Sir Donald Bradman in Test career to be auctioned

The bat is expected to fetch AUD 145,000

The bat is expected to fetch AUD 145,000

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The bat used by legendary Australia batsman Sir Donald Bradman in his inaugural Test match is set to auctioned and is expected to fetch AUD 145,000.

Bradman used the bat when he made his Test debut against England in 1928, where he scored 18 and one.

The bat not only bears Bradman’s autograph, but also those of the Australian and England players who took part in that match as well.

The bat has been on display at the National Sports Museum at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but it was only recently that the owner decided to sell it.

“The market is tougher now but we expect to reach around the same price again,” Max Williamson of Mossgreen Auctions told AFP. “Cricket has got a very big community of collectors so we expect it to be sold to a collector or an institution.”

Items used by Bradman have sold well in the past as a bat that was used by him and also signed by the “invincible” Australian team of 1948 sold for AUD 61,000 just last year.

In 2008, the baggy green cap Bradman wore in his last Test match sold for more than AUD 400,000.

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