Former Australia spinner Shane Warne’s Baggy Green has fetched more than $1 million after he auctioned his prized asset to raise funds for the bushfire victims. Shane Warne had put his baggy green up for auction on Monday and on Friday morning it was sold to a person in Sydney for $1,007,500. The price for the baggy green also left behind the price Sir Donald Bradman’s cap ($425,000) had fetched when auctioned off for charity in 2003.
The auction for Shane Warne’s cap eventually became a two-horse race with “MC” from Sydney and “WC” of Gordon, a suburb of Sydney going head-to-head to get the possession. The price for the cap passed $700,000, and the bids jumped from $700,000 to $860,000 in 30 minutes on Thursday. As the auction close drew nearer, the bidding quickly rose $990,500 where it stalled until a flurry of bids in the final 60 seconds of the auction pushed the price to $1,007,500. The winner of the tight bidding race was MC.
Who is MC?
When the website showed that a certain MC from Sydney has won the bidding war, many thought the bidder was none other than former Australia skipper Michael Clarke who is also a resident of Sydney and a close friend of Shane Warne. Well, Micheal Clarke is not the bidder. The identity of MC has now been revealed and he is Commonwealth Bank chief executive officer Matt Comyn.
Comyn said the Baggy Green cap would be taken on a national tour to help raise further funds for the bushfire victims before eventually being put on permanent exhibition at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.
“I am delighted that CBA has been able to secure Shane’s cherished Baggy Green cap,”Comyn said in a statement.
“This has not only raised another $1 million for bushfire relief, it will also enable us to raise further funds for the bushfire appeal as the cap commences a fundraising tour across the country before retiring as a permanent exhibit at the Bradman Museum in Bowral to be enjoyed by all Australians and cricket fans. I want to thank and commend Shane for giving up one of his most cherished possessions for such an important cause,” he added.
Commonwealth Bank has a long history of supporting cricket, with the purchase of Warne’s Baggy Green and donation to the Bradman Museum the latest act. They have been partners with Cricket Australia for more than 30 years, and supporters of the women’s team for the past 21.