Shane Warne’s baggy green cap raises $687,585 for bushfire charity at auction

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(CNN)-Shane Warne was “blown away” after the Australian cricket great’s baggy green cap raised $687,585 (one million Australian dollars) at auction to help those affected by the bushfires which have devastated large parts of the country.

Warne, widely regarded as one of history’s greatest cricketers, donated his baggy green cap — presented to Australian players when they make their Test debut — to an auction earlier this week to raise funds for the Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

Commonwealth Bank has bought the cap, snapping it up with just a minute of the auction remaining, and has said it will take Warne’s cap on a national tour to raise money for communities impacted by the bushfires, before it becomes a permanent exhibit at the Bradman Museum.

The A$1,007,500 bid for the cherished memorabilia is more than twice the amount one of Don Bradman’s baggy greens made in 2003. Australian cricketer Bradman, who died in 2001, is thought of as the greatest batsman of all time and is a sporting icon in his homeland.

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