"A treasure": Sir Donald Bradman's bat from triple centuries under the hammer

The racket used by Sir Donald Bradman in the Ashes series after the infamous Bodyline controversy is on sale for the first time. The piece of Australian sports history has been on loan from a private owner to the Bradman Museum in Bowral in the NSW Southern Highlands since 1999.

The William Sykes & Son racket was used in all five test matches of the Ashes Test in England, where Bradman accumulated a total of 758 runs. Bradman wrote his top scores from the series on the pasture - including 304 for Headingley and 244 for Oval.

"The provenance is indisputable," said museum director Rina Hore. "Sir Donald actually wrote in his own handwriting that he made these points with this bat."

Important points:

  • The cricket bat used by Sir Donald Bradman during the 1934 Ashes series is first sold
  • Bradman used the racket to achieve one of the two triple centuries of his career and his highest testing partnership ever
  • The bat has been on display at the Bradman Museum in Bowral since 1999.

The bat is also labeled "Don Bradman Private" to distinguish Bradman's personal bats from the ones he signed. 

Sir Donald Bradman

Bradman's greatest partnership

The moment that would be remembered longest, however, would come in the final in London, where the series was in limbo. Bradman's record-breaking partnership with opening hitter Bill Ponsford of 451 runs secured the game and series for Australia.

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The test match was supposed to be Ponsford's last, but the record would be considered the highest Test partnership in more than 60 years and remains the highest partnership in an Ashes streak. There's no reserve price for the bat, another of Bradman's bats that sold for $ 110,000 in 2018.

Ms. Hore said the item was "invaluable" and hopes that anyone who buys it will make it available to the public. "I hope it stays in our museum," she said. "More importantly, I hope it stays under the environmental conditions that ensure it stays forever."