Richie Benaud
Richie Benaud

Benaud's baggy green go under the hammer

ONE of Australia's most recognisable sporting icons will go under the hammer in Melbourne next month.

Late cricketer Richie Benaud's 'baggy green' that he wore during his last test series in the 1963-64 summer will be auctioned on September 7.

The baggy green is expected to fetch between $40,000 and $50,000 and its listing has sent memorabilia collectors worldwide into a spin.

The baggy green in question is embroidered with the Australian coat of arms and '1963-64' on the front, and endorsed inside R. Benaud 11/63.

Sporting and historical memorabilia specialist Max Williamson said it was an extremely rare piece of Australian sporting memorabilia.

He said only a handful of baggy greens had ever been listed for auction.

"Benaud has been described as the most influential cricketer in the post-World War Two era," he said.

"He was one of Australia's most successful cricketers, a distinguished captain who never lost a Test series under his watch, and a commentator who dominated his industry.

"This baggy green is not only significant because it is so rare, but because the man who wore it carried the hopes and dreams of countless Australians on his shoulders."

- APN NEWSDESK.


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