Cricket: Shane Warne's bushfire 'Baggy Green' auction reaches $1m

Shane Warne's 'baggy green' raised more than $1,000,000.
Shane Warne's 'baggy green' raised more than $1,000,000. Photo credit: Twitter: @ShaneWarne

Bidding for Shane Warne's famous 'Baggy Green' cap spilled into seven figures, as the auction for his prized possession finished on Friday. 

The test cap is the ultimate possession for any Australian cricketer and Warne offered his to raise funds for the bushfire appeal, as the disaster continued to ravage much of the country.

The auction finished just after noon on Friday (NZ time), with the final bid coming in at AU$1,007,500 (NZ$1,044,787). 

The item comes with an autographed certificate of authenticity from Warne and 100 percent of proceeds from the online auction will be donated to the Bushfire Appeal.

The cap was expected to fetch a huge amount, with the top bid remarkably reaching AU$275,000 after just two hours, sparking technical difficulties on the auction website. 

To put the astronomical figure into perspective, the cap worn by Australia's most revered cricketer - Sir Donald Bradman - in his final test commanded AU$425,000 (NZ$438,000) in 2003, which was a cricketing record until now. 

"The horrific bushfires in Australia have left us all in disbelief," Warne posted on social media, after putting his treasured souvenir up for auction.

"The impact these devastating fires are having on so many people is unthinkable and has touched us all.

"Lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed and over 500 million animals have died too.

"This has led me to auction of my beloved 'Baggy Green' cap (350) that I wore throughout my test career (when I wasn’t wearing my white floppy hat)."

Athletes began contributing towards the bushfires appeal, after Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios pledged $AU$200 for every ace he hit during January.

Aussie NBA players promised US$750,000 (NZ$1.1m) towards the cause, but it wasn't just Australians donating, with international superstars like Serbian tennis star Novak Novak Djokovic and US skateboarding legend Tony Hawk also chipping in. 

The bushfires ravaging Australia have killed 28 people and destroyed thousands of homes.  

Last year, the original Olympic manifesto outlining the foundation of the modern Games shattered the world record for the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia sold at auction, fetching more than NZ$13 million.

A New York Yankees jersey worn by Babe Ruth was previously the most expensive item at $8.5 million.