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Don Bradman’s blazer scores ton at auction

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Bradman had donated it in 1974 to be sold as part of a charity auction. ©
Widely regarded as one of the best batsmen in world cricket, Sir Donald Bradman’s Australia blazer fetched $100,000 at an auction in Melbourne, well above its $70,000 estimate.

The green jacket was worn by Bradman in his first Test series as Australia captain against England in 1936-37. The blazer has gold piping and a coat of arms on the breast and the words ‘D.G.Bradman’ are embroidered on it.

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Auctioneer Max Williamson was very pleased with the development and expressed his happiness over the purchase. “This is the first [Bradman] blazer weve had up for auction, which is possibly why it sold so well. It went beyond our expectations … we’re still shaking,” he added further.

Bradman had the blazer made for him by the Sydney department store Farmers. He had later donated it in 1974 to be sold as a part of a charity auction. Two bidders were actively bidding for the item – one over the phone and one was present in the room. In the end, the blazer was sold to the anonymous buyer in the room for a total sum of $132,000, which included the buyer’s premium and GST (Goods Service Tax).

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The Indian Telegraph Sydney Australia

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