Thatscricket - News - Demand to surge for Bradman memorabilia

Published: Monday, February 26, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Melbourne: Sports memorabilia experts Monday forecast a surge in demand for Don Bradman memorabilia following the death of the Australian cricketing legend at the weekend at the age of 92. Christies Auctioneers marketing consultant Robert Parsons said signed bats and other signed gear from The Don's playing era, would be among the most sought after items, and their value could jump considerably. If it is a really good piece of memorabilia, it probably is an opportune time to sell it, because there will be something of a feeding frenzy for people who normally wouldn't collect Bradman memorabilia,'' he said. But Parsons said Bradman's efforts to devalue his own signature would keep prices down on more recently signed items. There is an awful lot of Don Bradman signatures, because it was his stated policy that he would sign anything. He wished to dilute the currency, if you like, by flooding the market with signatures. Until very, very recently, he would sign anything that was put in front of him, because he didn't want his signature to be rare, and unattainable and expensive, and he didn't want it exploited.'' Parsons said primary items associated with The Don could be expected to draw high prices, however the most valuable ones were unlikely to come onto the market, and would have been sought after even if he was still alive. The things that are valuable about Bradman are his equipment, bats, baggy green caps, probably not so much balls, unless they were balls that bowled him out,'' he said. But as far as I am aware, most of the important primary items of Bradman's are either still with his family or are already donated or bequeathed to public institutions. So it's unlikely they will come on the market. If they did, they would achieve a high price, but they would get a high price anyway, whether he was alive or dead.'' A bat used by Bradman in 1936-37 Ashes series sold in London in 1996 for 25,000 US dollars. Auctioneers said people could now pay up to 53,000 dollars for the same bat. Copyright AFP 2000Extras:
Bradman: End of a legendary era

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