New Zealand man to make $30,000 by selling a Don Bradman bat

James Sanders bought the bat — which carries the signatures of the legend himself and other 16 English players — only a for a few hundred dollars at a deceased estate auction.

An unemployed New Zealand man, James Sanders, is expected to make around $30,000 after offering a Sir Don Bradman cricket bat to a memorabilia auction.

Sanders bought the bat — which carries the signatures of the legend himself and other 16 English players — only a for a few hundred dollars at a deceased estate auction.

While speaking to New Zealand Herald, the Kiwi man mentioned that he has no emotional attachment with the bat and since he is in the transition phase between jobs, he doesn't mind making some money off the investment. He hopes the bat eventually reaches its rightful place.

The bat will go under the hammer on August 11 at the Melbourne auction house Leski in Australia. 

Veteran auctioneer Charles Leski, who has previously sold five other Bradman bats in the past 30 years, expects this one to fetch between $25,000 and $35,000.

“From the point of view of its collectibility, the key element is that it has been signed by Don Bradman in the ownership position in the top right-hand corner of the back of the blade,” he told the Guardian.

The auction is expected to interest bidders from Australia, India, Britain and Pakistan.