It was the golden age of Australian cricket, led by the greatest of all time. Now, you can get your hands on a piece of cricketing folklore that celebrates Don Bradman’s iconic 1948 Invincible Tour. Lloyds Auctions is selling off two authentic, game-worn baggy greens used by ‘Invincibles’ Arthur Morris and Sam Loxton.
Widely regarded as one of the country’s greatest ever left-handed batsmen, this will be the first time Arthur Morris’ baggy green has been offered for public auction in almost two decades. During the Invincible Tour, Morris averaged 87.00 with the bat and was the only player to compile three Test centuries. His heroics in the Fourth Test at Headingley helped the Aussie team to reach a world-record victory target of 404. Alongside Loxton, the pair were an integral part in the Bradman-led Australian side’s undefeated tour of England in 1948, and interest is expected to pique. “Two legendary Australian Baggy Green caps on offer are expected to fetch over half a million alone,” Lloyds Auctions head of fine art and antiquities, Amanda Benson said.
The two Bradman-era baggy greens aren’t the only collectables Lloyds has on offer at the moment. With COVID-19 pushing a number of sales online, the auction house has significantly increased its portfolio. Now you can snap up luxury vintage watches, artworks and even rare Pink Argyle diamonds, but it won’t come cheap.
“The sheer scale of this arts and memorabilia auction means we will definitely break Australian records with over 200 one-of-a-kind and extremely rare pieces of fine art and luxury items, featuring original artworks by Brett Whitely, Tommy Watson, Charles Blackman, Rosalie Gascoigne, Tim Storrier, Grace Cossington Smith, Gabriella Possum,” Benson said. “Jewellery pieces include Pink Argyle diamonds, Rolex watches and high-end estate jewellery including massive 5 carat plus diamonds each expected to sell for six-figure amounts.”
The baggy green auctions are on now and will finish on 31 May.