Cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott's signed bat used to hit 100 against Australia could fetch £50,000 at auctionNovember 13, 2020
A BAT used by Geoffrey Boycott to smash 100 against the Aussies is on sale for £50,000.
The controversial ex-England star is flogging off a trove of possessions expected to raise him around £250,000.
But so far there have been no takers for the prize lot in the Christie’s online auction – which ends on Monday.
The star of the 130 lots is the signed bat he used to score his 100th first-class hundred in front of an adoring crowd at Headingley in Leeds against Australia in 1977.
It is estimated to fetch £30,000-50,000 but has so far failed to attract a single bid.
The sale is described by auctioneers Christie's as “one of the last great collections of cricketing memorabilia left in private hands”.
It is unclear why Boycott, who turned 80 last month, has decided to part with his belongings, although his contract as a summariser with the BBC's Test Match Special was not renewed this year after 14 summers in the job.
Other items up for grabs include a stump from the 1981 Headingley Test, when England beat Australia after following on thanks to the heroics of Ian Botham and Bob Willis.
Boycott's contribution to the miracle was an easily forgotten second-innings 46 in three-and-a-half hours and now, the stump could fetch £4,000-6,000.
Expected to earn twice as much is the shirt worn a few months earlier by West Indies' Michael Holding in Barbados when he bowled Boycott for a duck at the end of one of Test cricket's most famous overs.
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