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Shane Warne’s baggy green cap sells for $1MILLION in bushfire charity auction – smashing Don Bradman’s previous record – as he thanks bidders for their ‘amazing generosity’

Shane Warne’s baggy green cap has sold at auction for more than $1million, with the funds going towards helping those affected by the Australian bushfires.

The highest bid when the auction ended at 10:08am on Friday was $1,007,500. Shane later confirmed this figure on his Instagram account. 

The ‘King of Spin’ has smashed the previous record held by the legendary Sir Don Bradman, whose baggy green sold for $425,000 in 2003.

A day before bidding closed, the 50-year-old retired cricketer revealed that he could not believe how much money was being offered.

Howzat for a fundraiser! Shane Warne’s baggy green cap has sold for more than $1MILLION, with the funds going towards helping those affected by the Australian bushfires

When bidding had reached $525,000 on Thursday, Shane told his Instagram followers he was simply ‘blown away’.

‘Thank you so, so much for this amazing generosity,’ he wrote.

‘Remember the auction closes on Friday the 10th of January at 10am Melbourne, Australian time. Not long to go, so please get your bid in and help me raise money for people who are in desperate need of help.’

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia was announced as the cap’s mystery buyer on Friday afternoon. 

Sporting memorabilia: The auction website is pictured here, when bidding had reached $970,500. When bidding closed at 10:08am on Friday, the total had reached $1,007,500

Sporting memorabilia: The auction website is pictured here, when bidding had reached $970,500. When bidding closed at 10:08am on Friday, the total had reached $1,007,500

For a good cause! A day before bidding closed, the 50-year-old retired cricketer revealed that he could not believe how much money was being offered for his baggy green (pictured)

For a good cause! A day before bidding closed, the 50-year-old retired cricketer revealed that he could not believe how much money was being offered for his baggy green (pictured)

It comes after Shane admitted it was hard to auction off his prized baggy green cricket cap to raise money for bushfire relief.

He told the Today show on Tuesday there were a lot of ‘special memories’ associated with the cap he wore throughout his career.  

‘There’s been plenty of tears, plenty of joy, it has also had the odd beer or so thrown all over it after celebrating a win,’ Shane said.

‘There’s some special memories in that cap.’ 

Raising the bar: Shane's auction has smashed the previous record held by the legendary Sir Don Bradman (pictured in February 1948), whose baggy green sold for $425,000 in 2003

Raising the bar: Shane’s auction has smashed the previous record held by the legendary Sir Don Bradman (pictured in February 1948), whose baggy green sold for $425,000 in 2003

‘I cherish it. It means the world to me. To give it up wasn’t easy, but I thought what it could do, is just help out as much as it possibly can,’ he added. 

‘The impact the bushfires are having is just devastating. It’s just horrific. The firefighters are doing so well to keep us safe.’ 

The funds raised from the auction will go to the Red Cross.

For a good cause: Shane, who is considered one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, wore the baggy green throughout his 145-match Test career for Australia

For a good cause: Shane, who is considered one of the greatest spin bowlers of all time, wore the baggy green throughout his 145-match Test career for Australia 

Shane, who played professional cricket for 21 years, wore the baggy green throughout his 145-match Test career for Australia.

The highest bidder will take home a piece of cricketing history, the value of which has rarely been equaled in the annals of sporting memorabilia.

The item will also come with an autographed certificate of authenticity by Shane.   

The bushfires ravaging Australia have so far killed 26 people, an estimated billion animals, and destroyed thousands of homes.  

A piece of history: The highest bidder will take home a piece of cricketing history, the value of which has rarely been equaled in the annals of sporting memorabilia. Pictured: Shane with Justin Langer and Glenn McGrath on January 1, 2007 in Sydney

A piece of history: The highest bidder will take home a piece of cricketing history, the value of which has rarely been equaled in the annals of sporting memorabilia. Pictured: Shane with Justin Langer and Glenn McGrath on January 1, 2007 in Sydney

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