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You Can Now Buy Sir Donald Bradman’s First Ever Baggy Green Cap

You Can Now Buy Sir Donald Bradman’s First Ever Baggy Green Cap

It's arguably one of the greatest pieces of Australian sports memorabilia, but Sir Donald Bradman's first baggy green cap is being auctioned off.

Peter Dunham, who was a family friend of Bradman's, was gifted the iconic cap back in 1959.

But after falling on hard times, Dunham is set to finally parts ways with it in a bid to pay off some debts.

Auctioneers Pickles Auctions, who will be in charge of the sale, released a statement saying: "In 1959, Sir Donald gifted the Baggy Green to his neighbour, Peter Dunham, whose house backed onto the Bradman's family home on the Parade in Kensington Gardens.

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"The Baggy Green has been on loan to the State Library of South Australia since 2003 and has been authenticated by Mr Barry Gibbs (former manager of the State Library of South Australia's Bradman collection)."

Donald Bradman wearing his Australian baggy green. Credit: PA
Donald Bradman wearing his Australian baggy green. Credit: PA

It's understood the baggy green is from The Don's Test debut against England in Brisbane in 1928.

By all accounts, 'The Boy from Bowral' - who was just 20 years old at the time - didn't have the best of games and only mustered 19 runs.

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He was subsequently dropped for the second test.

But it wasn't long before he was brought back into the team for the third test and quickly proved the doubters wrong by becoming the youngest ever player to score a test century.

The cap Bradman worn during that test, and for many years after, had been living in the State Library of South Australia since 2003.

Dunham, the official owner of the baggy green, had loaned it to the library but has since requested it back following his run in with the law.

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According to AAP, the accountant from Adelaide was reportedly jailed for eight years and two months in May of 2020 for scamming $1.3million from investors.

As a result, the victims were quickly made aware that Dunham owned the legendary baggy green - hence why it's now on the market.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
Credit: PA
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While it's understood the majority of the money will go towards paying off Dunham's victims, that definitely doesn't damage the expected selling price.

The leading test wicket-taker for Australia used the money raised to help out with bushfire relief efforts.

And while no official valuation has been given for The Don's famous baggy green, fans on social media are suggesting it could go for around the same price - potentially even more.

Featured Image Credit: Pickles Auctions, State Library of South Australia

Topics: Aussie, Cricket News, Australia

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Max Sherry is a journalist for SPORTbible Australia. After migrating Down Under from London as a teenager, he instantly fell in love with Aussie sport and its culture. From NRL to AFL, cricket to rugby — you name it, Max watches it (with a beer in hand, of course). During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Born a stone's throw away from West Ham's training ground, Max is obviously a die-hard Liverpool fan.