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Milkha's shoes sell for more than Messi's ball

Athlete’s shoes fetch more than star’s football, auction raises Rs 2.06 cr for Rahul Bose’s NGO

entertainment Updated: Feb 14, 2012 15:52 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Roshmila Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
Rahul Bose,The Foundation,Milkha Singh

Equation — An Auction For Equality that put 33 pieces of sporting history under the hammer on February 11 has raised Rs 1. 96 crore, along with a Rs 10 lakh donation, for Rahul Bose’s NGO, The Foundation, that has been sponsoring the education of 12 children in Rishi Valley and Kashmir. He can now add six more kids to that list. “The match ball from the ICC World Cup final, autographed by Indian and Sri Lankan captains, MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara, fetched the highest bid of Rs 38 lakh,” says Rahul. “The bat signed by Team India went for Rs 14 crore.”

Sachin Tendulkar’s IPL bat fetched Rs 11 lakh, the pieces signed by Richard Hadlee, Kapil Dev and Sir Ian Botham got R8.50 lakh, the bat with which VVS Laxman scored 148 against Australia for Rs 6 lakh and the balls signed by spinners Bishen Singh Bedi, Erapalli Prasanna, Venkatragahvan and Chandra-shekhar for Rs 55 lakh. Still, Rahul asserts that the market for Indian cricket memorabilia has depressed this year: “In 2011, one gentleman bought memorabilia worth R94 lakh, but didn’t spend this year. Fortunately, everyone bid, but the final amount of Rs 2.06 crore is still less than 2011’s Rs 2.18 crore”

Milkha Singh’s shoes from the 1960 Rome Olympics (R24 lakh) earned more than Rafael Nadal’s autographed tennis shoes (Rs 6.5 lakh), basketballer Magic Johnson’s Lakers vest (Rs 5.5 lakh) and even Lionel Messi’s signed football (Rs 11 lakh). Chess grandmaster Viswanathan Anand’s first World Championship trophy earned Rs 7 lakh. The five pieces donated by footballer Baichung Bhutia, including his farewell jersey, raised Rs 6.50 lakh for Sikkim Relief. Says Rahul, “Mumbai’s been brilliant these two years, but there is a limit to the city’s generosity. I plan to move the next auction to either Delhi or Hyderabad.”

First Published: Feb 14, 2012 11:29 IST