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Last Update on: January 9th, 2020 at 02:37 pm

It doesn’t matter what Shane Warne never surprises his fans with his actions on and off the field. The legendary cricketer of Australia Shane Warne auctioned his baggy green for the victims of bushfires. Guess what? The baggy green of Warne fetched $5,20,500 which beats the price of MS Dhoni’s Bat and Don Bradman’s cap to become the most valuable of all time.

The test cap is the ultimate possession for any Australian cricketer and Warne has offered it to raise funds for the bushfire appeal. Shane Warne, aged 50, wore the cap throughout his 145-test career for Australia, during which he took 708 wickets with his spin bowling. An online auction for the treasured piece of Australian cricket history passed the $500,000 mark on Thursday morning.

Bushfires in Australia have left us all in disbelief – Shane Warne

The hat is now up for a staggering $520,500 from a Sydney bidder named ‘M.C.’ It surpassed the baggy green of cricket legend Sir Donald Bradman which sold for $425,000 in 2003. Warne’s cap has not just surpassed Bradman’s in terms of the auction amount but also the bat used by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the 2011 WC final.

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Shane Warne bagged 708 Test scalps in 273 innings. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

MS Dhoni’s match-winning bat from the 2011 WC final went for £100,000 in 2011. In his 21-year-long professional cricket career proudly donning the baggy green, Warne played 145 Tests for Australia, picking up 708 wickets – 2nd highest in the world after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800).

“The horrific bushfires in Australia have left us all in disbelief. The impact these devastating fires are having on so many people is unthinkable and has touched us all,” Warne wrote on Instagram. Everyone is in this together, and we continue to find ways to contribute and help on a daily basis.”

”This has led me to auction off my beloved baggy green cap (350) that I wore throughout my test career (when I wasn’t wearing my white floppy hat). I hope my baggy green can raise some significant funds to help all those people that are in desperate need.”

Here are the most expensive cricket accessories ever sold at an auction:

1. Don Bradman’s Test cap worn by him in his last Test – £170,000 in 2003

2. MS Dhoni’s match-winning bat from the 2011 WC final – £100,000 in 2011

3. Complete set of John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanacks – £84,000 in 2008

4. Gary Sobers’ bat to hit six sixes – £54,257 in 2000

5. Sobers’ bat with which he hit 365* against Pakistan – £47,475 in 2000

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