Shane Warne’s baggy green cap fetched a seven-figure sum when auctioned to raise funds for bushfire relief. (Reuters: Ferran Paredes)
Australian cricket legend Shane Warne’s baggy green cap has made more than $1 million at auction to aid those affected by bushfires.
- Shane Warne has posted his thanks on social media for the winner of an auction who has paid $1,007,500 for the Australian cricket great’s baggy green cap
- The auction — which finished on Friday morning — was extended for 10 minutes because of a flurry of late bids
- Warne is among a host of Australian sports stars past and present who are doing their bit to raise funds for bushfire relief
When bidding closed on Friday morning, the famous cap was sold for $1,007,500 to ‘M.C. from Sydney’, according to the auction house’s website.
‘M.C.’, whose identity has yet to be revealed, went head-to-head with ‘W.C. from Gordon’ in the final stages of the auction.
Proceeds from the auction will go to the Australian Red Cross bushfire appeal.
One of Wisden’s five cricketers of the century, Warne played 145 Tests and claimed 708 wickets.
The 50-year-old is Test cricket’s second-most successful bowler behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan who took 800 wickets.
Shane Warne tweet: Thankyou so much to everyone that placed a bid and a huge thankyou congrats to the successful bidder – you have blown me away with your generosity and this was way beyond my expectations!
“Thank you so much to everyone that placed a bid and a huge thank you/congrats to the successful bidder — you have blown me away with your generosity and this was way beyond my expectations!” Warne posted on social media.
“The money will go direct to the Red Cross bushfire appeal. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
The figure is more than twice the amount one of Don Bradman’s baggy greens made in 2003.
Bidding on Warne’s cap reached $1 million two minutes before the original 10:00am deadline.
The auction was extended for almost 10 minutes because of a late flurry of bids.
The baggy green is presented to Australian players when they make their Test debut.
Mat Ryan to donate $500 for every EPL save
Socceroo Mat Ryan will donate $500 to a bushfires emergency fund for every registered save by an English Premier League goalkeeper this weekend.
The Australian international goalkeeper, who will be in action for Brighton against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday (local time) will donate the funds he raises to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation emergency fund.
There will be a full round of Premier League fixtures this weekend, meaning 20 goalkeepers will be in action across the English top flight.
Maty Ryan tweet: I’ll be donating $500 for every registered save by all @premierleague goalkeepers this weekend. Please visit any ofthe sites below if you’re able to contribute. Thank you
The top 20 goalkeepers in the league as a group have averaged 2.7 saves a match each this season.
If they perform to their average this weekend, 54 saves would mean a donation of $27,000 from Ryan.
“In light of the devastation caused by the bushfires back home, I’m donating $500 for every registered save by all Premier League goalkeepers across every Premier League fixture this weekend,” Ryan wrote on Twitter.
“I’ve chosen to donate to the WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation emergency fund.
“Thank you to all for your support thus far and as a nation, we really do appreciate your gratitude and generosity. However, there continues to be homes lost, lives of both people and animals lost or in danger, along with whole communities, businesses and more.
“I hope we can continue in the same manner and continue to encourage and influence people into raising money for those affected.
“Fingers crossed relief is on the way.”
British Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has also joined the fundraising effort, donating $US500,000 ($728,500) towards the rescue and care of wildlife.