Calling all cricket-lovers; it’s time to take a look back at the most expensive cricket memorabilia ever to be sold at auction. From bats to books, and caps to score-cards these pieces all have an extraordinary place in the history of cricket.
5) Sachin Tendulkar’s bat – $71,383
This cricket player is hugely popular in his homeland of India. This may be because he is the only player to score a century and 30,000 runs in an international game. This particular bat was used to scare 163 innings in 2009 in a game against New Zealand, and sold for $71,383 the next year in Mumbai.
4) MS Dhoni’s World Cup bat – $122,139
MS Dhoni is currently one of the highest paid athletes, being the captain of the Indian cricket team. In the 2011 World Cup, Dhoni led the team to success when they bear Sri Lanka. The bat he used sold in London later that year in his wife’s charity auction event for the Sakshi Foundation for $122,139.
3) Wisden’s Almanac complete set – $146,703
These books have been running since 1864 and covers all areas of cricket. This is a complete set consisting of every book for the past 143 years. In 2007, the collection sold for $146,703 at Graham Budd Auctions in London.
2) Don Bradman’s ‘Invincibles’ tour cap – $214,378
Bradman is one of the greatest batsman of all time, with a 99.94 batting average. When Australia toured England in 1948 and won all 34 games, the team earned themselves the nickname “the invincibles”. The cap that Bradman wore during this tour was sold for $214,378 at Charles Leski Auctions in 2008.
- Samuel Britcher’s cricket scorebooks – $396,057
Samuel Britcher was a score-keeper at the Marylebone Cricket Club which opened in 1787. A collection of the original scorecards that Britcher hand-wrote from 1795-1806 were sold in 2005 at auction by Christies for $396,057.
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