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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 August 2005, 14:15 GMT 15:15 UK
Ashes cricket bat fetches 2,400
The Gunn and Moore signature cricket bat
The 1930 cricket bat sold for twice the pre-auction estimates
A rare cricket bat commemorating a legendary Ashes batting performance by an Australian side has been sold at auction for 2,400.

The Gunn and Moore signature cricket bat is signed by all the players who took part in the 1930 series in England, which the Australians won 2-1.

The lot attracted four telephone bidders, including one from Australia.

It was eventually bought by retired bank manager Mike Fry at the Plymouth Auction Rooms on Wednesday morning.

He said: "I would certainly have paid 5,000 for that bat - I was that enthusiastic about it."

Devon attic

Although the bat was not used in the series, it bettered its pre-sale estimate of 1,500.

The 1930 series is celebrated for the outstanding performances of Australian batsman Don Bradman, who achieved a batting average of 139.

Bradman scored 334 at the Leeds Test - then the highest ever Test score and a total only once bettered in the Ashes, by English player Len Hutton in 1938.

Australia's best Ashes innings also came in the 1930 series, when the side declared at 729 for 6 in the Lord's Test.

Auctioneer Paul Keen said the bat had been in an attic in Devon for the past 30 years and was in good condition.

In June, a cricket ball from England's notorious "bodyline" Ashes tour of Australia in 1932-33 sold for 10,000 at Plymouth Auction Rooms.


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