London: The baggy green cap worn by Australian cricket legend Don Bradman in the 1946-47 Ashes series was sold for a record auction price of $58,600 on Tuesday.
Christieís auction house said the cap was bought by an Australian collector who lives in London.
It is the highest price ever paid for a cricket cap, Christieís said.
The buyer, who was not identified, plans to add the cap to his private cricket collection but also hopes to display it in Australia.
ďAs we were getting ready to auction the cap, there was a hum of excitement in the room,Ē said a Christieís spokesman. ďAnd the bidding took a couple of minutes. After we sold it, there was a clap in the room, which you donít always have.Ē
A bat Bradman used on the tour of England in 1930 went for $48,850 to another collector. Bradman hit 232 runs with the bat in the tourís fifth Test.
Bradmanís teammate Keith Miller claimed he swapped caps with the Australian captain before the first Ashes Test in Brisbane in November 1946 but Christieís said they were sure of the green capís authenticity.
The legendís name was hand-written on the manufacturerís label, and the cap matched Bradmanís size.
Bradman, who died two years ago, is considered by many to be the best batsman ever to play cricket.
He captained Australia from 1936-48 and made 19 centuries against England from 1928-48.
The 1948 tour of England by Bradmanís ĎInvinciblesí, where they won the Test series 4-0, is still regarded as one of Australiaís greatest performances.
A 1953 Miller cap was sold for $23,380, the previous high for Christieís the spokesman said.