The saying old is gold was proved right at the auction of a cricket-dedicated memorabilia at the C.K. Nayudu Hall, Cricket Club of India here last Friday.
A bat in possession of great off-spinner Erapalli Prasanna since 1985 was sold for Rs. 450,000. Reason: The bat had the autographs of players of all the teams that took part in the 1985 World Championship of Cricket in Australia.
The auction titled “Sporting Memorabilia — India’s Glorious Cricketing Heritage” was conducted by auction house Osian’s. It claimed that last Friday’s landmark event established many new pricing benchmarks for India’s cricketing heritage and collectibles and that rare and original bats, national ties, caps, photographs, autographs, gloves, stumps and books closed in on international values.
The first edition of Jubilee Book of Cricket signed by Ranjitsinhji along with the photograph of India’s first Test XI that played at Lord’s in June 1932 was sold for Rs. 108,000 and an autographed bat by India’s first Test captain C.K. Nayudu sold for Rs. 90,000.
Other collectibles that made some noise at the auction and fetched big money were: Aunshuman Gaekwad’s autographed bat with which he scored 201 not out against Pakistan at Jalandhar in 1983, former Indian captain G.S. Ramchand’s autographed bat, the promotional bat signed by the West Indies and Indian teams of the 1974-75 series and the national ties of Dilip Sardesai and Gaekwad.
An autographed photograph from Ajit Wadekar’s collection which has Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Ramakant Desai, Bapu Nadkarni and Wadekar fishing at the Sydney Harbour fetched Rs. 24,000.
Of the more recent memorabilia Harbhajan Singh’s signed Test jersey he wore when taking his 400th wicket sold for Rs. 216,000 and V.V.S. Laxman’s autographed gloves he used while scoring 103 not out in the second innings of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Colombo in August 2010 sold for Rs. 180,000.