The Most Expensive Cricket Memorabilia to be Sold at Auction

Sports memorabilia is something that will always fetch a pretty penny when they go up for auction. There is just something that we love about owning something that our sporting heroes have worn or used while becoming the best at their sport. Below are some of the most expensive cricket memorabilia sold at auction.

A Scorebook Written by Samuel Britcher

The Marylebone Cricket Club opened in 1787 and Samuel Britcher was one of their first scorekeepers. Scorecards that he hand-wrote between 1795-1806 were sold at auction for £304,000 back in 2005.

A Cap Worn by Sir Donald Bradman

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Not many people would disagree with you if you said that Donald Bradman was the best cricket player that the game has ever seen. During a tour of England in 1948, Bradman hit his 29th test century, a record that would stand for over three decades. This was to be his very last test match and he started it spectacularly by scoring 173* not out in Australia’s first innings. In the second innings, he needed just four runs to have a career average of 100. However, he was bowled for a duck in the second innings, the first of his fantastic career. The cap that he wore in the test was sold for £170,000 at auction in 2003.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s bat

In the 2011 Cricket World Cup final against Sri Lanka, India needed just 4 runs from 11 balls to lift the trophy. Dhoni decided that he would end the match in style and smashed Nuwan Kulasekara into the stands, sending the Indian fans wild. The bat that Dhoni won the World Cup with was put up for auction the same year and it was sold for £100,000.

A Collection of John Wisden’s Cricketers’ Almanacks

This is a reference book that was released once a year in the United Kingdom and is considered to be cricket’s equivalent to the bible. Back in 2007, 144 issues were sold at auction for £84,000.

A Bat That was Wielded by the Great Gary Sobers

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In August 1968, Gary Sobers hit six sixes in a row during a county game between Nottinghamshire and Glamorgan. Malcom Nash was the unfortunate bowler that day but, in his defence, he was trying out his spin bowling despite being a left-arm seamer. In 2000, the bat was sold at auction for £54,257.

Another Bat Used by Sobers

In 1958, Gary Sobers destroyed Pakistan’s bowling attack while helping himself to a score of 365* in a test match that took place in Jamaica. At the time, this was the highest individual score by a batsman in test cricket. His record was broken by the Matthew Hayden in 2004, before that was broken by the great Brian Lara just six months after. The bat that Sobers used to put Pakistan to the sword was sold for £47,475 at the same auction where the above bat was also sold.

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