Shane Warne bushfire auction, Baggy Green passes Don Bradman record, donation
Shane Warne’s Baggy Green auction to raise money for bushfire relief has now reached record levels with the bid at $860,500 as of 7am on Friday morning.
There was a bidding frenzy on Thursday night as two keen combatants went blow for blow to push the amount from $650,500 at 9.20pm to its current amount by 10.51pm.
To bid on Shane Warne’s Baggy Green, visit his Pickles Auction, or if you would like to donate, there are many worthy charities seeking donations.
With three hours left in the auction, which ends at 10am on Friday morning, the bidding has well surpassed the winning bid for the cap of Sir Donald Bradman, which went for $425,000 in 2003.
While Warne famously preferred to wear the wide-brimmed hat on the field, he decided to donate his Baggy Green to raise money for the bushfire appeal.
But even Australia’s greatest ever wicket takers appears to be blown away by the response.
Bidding for Warne’s cap, which will come with an autographed certificate of authenticity, hit $200,000 a tick over an hour after opening and has been ticking up in the days since.
While it slowed as it was priced out of the range of many fans, the auction has cruised past half-a-million dollars.
Warne, who was named one of Wisden’s five cricketers of the 20th century, took to Twitter to thank all those who helped push the price up.
Warne joined the liked Ash Barty, Daniel Ricciardo and many others on a long list of high-profile members of Australia’s sporting community to announce fundraising measures.
The AFL have also announced the resurgence of the State of Origin between Victoria and the All-Stars.
Warne said it was the least he could do. “The horrific bushfires in Australia have left us all in disbelief,” Warne said. “The impact these devastating fires are having on so many people is unthinkable and has touched us all. Lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and over 500 million animals have died.
“Some of the images we’re seeing are absolutely horrific.”
The flood of donations from sportspeople began after Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios said he’d donate $200 for every ace he hits in January before his Aussie teammate Alex de Minaur and John Millman jumped on board.
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A stack of cricketers are donating sums of money based on how many sixes they hit or wickets they claim in this summer’s Big Bash League, while Australia’s Test attack pledged $1,000 per wicket in the SCG Test.
Aussie NBA players have pledged $1 million towards the cause, but it’s not just Australians donating, with international superstars like tennis stars Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova donating $25,000 each and US skateboarding legend Tony Hawk also chipping in.
— with AAP
Originally published as ‘Incredible’: Warne doubles Bradman