Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar’s willow fetched the highest bid of Rs. 42 lakh at a glittering sports auction here that saw personal items donated by 25 top sportspersons from the country and overseas go under the hammer.
The champion batsman had scored an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand at Christchurch last year, his fourth highest one day score, with this bat.
Tied at second spot was the rifle used by India’s only individual Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra, when creating history at the Beijing Games two years ago and the bat of Rahul Dravid, with which he had scored a century in each innings in the Kolkata Test of 2005 against Pakistan.
Both were successfully bid for Rs. 20 lakh.
The bat signed by all team members of the 1983 World Cup winning team and donated by former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar’s willow went under the hammer for Rs. 17.5 lakh.
Anil Kumble’s jersey which he wore when he equalled Jim Laker’s ten-wicket in a Test innings record against Pakistan in New Delhi in 1999, and his Test cap that he wore between 2004 and 2006 went for Rs. 11.5 lakh.
Among the other items auctioned off were Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer’s shoes, a bat donated by 1983 World Cup winning skipper Kapil Dev with the autographs of all the team members and sports gear donated by Indian top racquet sports exponents — Shuttler Saina Nehwal and tennis player Sania Mirza.
Doners Dravid, Kumble, tennis ace Leander Paes, national football captain Bhaichung Bhutia, 1974 hockey World Cup winning skipper Ajit Pal Singh, former hockey captain Viren Rasquinha and Bindra were present at the auction last night.
Leander’s 12th Grand Slam winning racquet at Wimbledon this year in mixed doubles was the second piece to be auctioned and received a bid of Rs 7 lakhs.
Also gracing the function were world champion wrestler and Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sushil Kumar and hockey great Dhanraj Pillay.
The auction was held by Non Government Organisation ‘The Foundation’ founded by actor and ex-rugby international player Rahul Bose in association with Raheja Universal and the proceeds were donated to Bose’s NGO.
The donors and items that went under the hammer were:
Pankaj Advani: Medal — World Billiards Champion, 2007; Cue-International debut, 2002
Viswanathan Anand: Medal — World Chess (Match) Champion, 2008.
Mahesh Bhupathi: Racquet — Mixed Doubles Champion, Australian Open, 2009.
Bhaichung Bhutia: Jersey — Signed by Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Baichung Bhutia and others worn at the International Charity Match for Haiti earthquake, 2010.
Abhinav Bindra: Rifle — World Champion, 2006; World record, Olympic Record.
Rahul Dravid: Bat — Century in each Test innings, v Pakistan: Kolkata, 2005.
Anil Kumble: Test Jersey — 10 wickets in an innings, v Pakistan: New Delhi, 1999; Test cap — 2004 to 2006.
Sania Mirza: Racquet — Wimbledon, 2010.
Saina Nehwal: Racquet — Singapore Open Super Series, Indonesian Open Super Series, Indian Open Grand Prix, all 2010; Gold Medal — Indian Open, 2010.
Sachin Tendulkar: Bat — 163 v New Zealand: Christchurch, 2009 — Fourth highest one day score.
Virender Sehwag: Batting gloves — 125 v New Zealand, 2009-Fastest one day hundred by an Indian.
Kapil Dev: Bat — Signed by 1983 world cup winning squad.
Sunil Gavaskar: Bat — Signed by 1983 world cup winning squad.
Leander Paes: Racquet — Mixed Doubles Champion, Wimbledon 2010.
Viren Rasquinha: Hockey stick — Bronze medal, Asian Games, Busan, 2002; India blazer, Asian Games, Busan, 2002.
Geet Sethi: World Professional Billiards trophy, 1992; Cue-World Billiards Championship, 2007, World Snooker Championship, 2008.
Prakash Padukone: Silver Medal — Japan Open, 1981.
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi: Debut India blazer v England, 1961; Retiring India blazer v West Indies, 1975
Ajitpal Singh: Hockey stick — (Exchanged with) Pakistan captain, Islahuddin, World Cup Final, 1975.
Vijay Amritraj: Tennis racquet, Tennis balls.
Roger Federer (courtesy Globosport): Tennis shoes — Winner, Cincinnati Open 2010.
Diego Forlan: (Courtesy Mahuaa TV): Football, 2010.
Ricky Ponting (Courtesy Dhiraj Malhotra): Gold Medal, World Cup, 2007.
Maria Sharapova (Courtesy Akshay Kulkarni): Racquet, 2010
Shane Warne: (Courtesy Rahul Bose): Retiring Cricket Victoria shirt, 2008. (PTI)