Bradman bat fetches $58,000

The bat used by Don Bradman in his first Test against England at Brisbane's Exhibition Ground in 1928-29 has been sold at auction in Sydney to an undisclosed buyer for $58,000 (US$44,000).

Bradman had a quiet match, scoring 18 and 1 as England romped to an innings victory in the series opener. For the only time in his career, Bradman was dropped, returning for the third Test at Melbourne where he scored his maiden hundred.

Sir Donald donated the bat to a children's hospital, who in turn awarded it to a schoolboy for winning in a fundraising competition.

Other items to go under the hammer included a bat, glove and Ashes handkerchief of Victor Trumper, items belonging to Warwick Armstrong and WG Grace, and a signed team photo of the 1909 Australian cricket team.