Melbourne, Aug 16: A bat used by Sir Don Bradman and signed by his "Invincible" team of 1948 was bought for $65,000 (Australian dollars 61,000) at an auction, according to media reports.
The auction conducted in Melbourne on Thursday (August 15) saw the bat being sold three times more than the estimated price of Australian $20,000, according to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).
The Sykes bat was signed by Bradman's 1948 Ashes tour team-mates. Australia were unbeaten during that tour and went on to be called "The Invincibles."
"The bat, which is mounted in a wooden display case, was exhibited at the WACA Museum between 1984-2004. It was sold by Leski Auctions in Melbourne on Thursday night," Sky News said.
The auctioned bat was used by Bradman to score 115 in his last Test innings at home before he went on a tour to England for his final series. Bradman was dismissed for a duck in his final Test innings.
Bradman, who passed away in 2001 at the age of 92, averaged a record 99.94 in 52 Tests. He needed 4 runs in his final innings to average 100 but fell for zero at The Oval. Bradman scored 6,996 Test runs with 29 hundreds and 13 fifties.