In a non-fungible token (NFT) auction in Dubai, a bat autographed by India’s 2011 World Cup-winning cricket squad was sold for USD 25,000, while Australia opener David Warner’s 2016 IPL-winning signed SunRisers Hyderabad shirt brought USD 30,000.
CricFlix, in collaboration with RevSports and Fanatic Sports, held an NFT auction on Friday, which drew a total of USD 335,950 in bidding for the historic digital artifacts. Also Read – SA against IND: India Sets Out to Crack South Africa’s Code in First Test on Boxing Day
While Warner’s 2016 IPL-winning signature jersey received the highest bid, digital rights to the bat signed by the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team, which won the ODI World Cup for the first time in 28 years, also drew a lot of interest. Also see Virat Kohli’s review of Ranveer Singh’s film ’83-The Film,’ which is based on India’s World Cup victory under Kapil Dev. An avid Tendulkar fan from Mumbai, Amal Khan, was successful in acquiring the digital rights to the collection of cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th Test match for USD 40,000. (Rs 30,01,410).
The first collection to sell under the hammer included a signed match jersey, special commemorative cover, and autographed match ticket. The official souvenir and team’s signatures of India’s debut visit to England in 1932 were auctioned for USD 14,500 (Rs 10,88,011) and USD 14,000 (Rs 10,50,493), respectively, from an exclusive collection of 23 unique artifacts of international cricket.
The Don Brandman-signed NFT stamp was also sold for USD 26,600 at the CricFlix auction roaster (Rs 19,95,937). Balasaheb Thackeray cartoons and autographs from India’s first trip of Pakistan in 1952 were auctioned for USD 15,000 and Lata Mangeshkar performance recordings for the 1983 World Cup-winning squad were bought for USD 21,000 (Rs 15,75,740).
Digital rights to CK Naiyudu’s collection, which includes his original bank account book and passport, were sold for USD 7500 (Rs 5,62,725) and USD 980 (Rs 73,529), respectively. The 2017 World Cup semi-final shirt of veteran Indian bowler Jhulan Goswami sold for $10,000. (Rs 7,50,300). It was also the first-ever NFT from the field of women’s cricket.
“Authentic cricket memorabilia, including items from historic moments, attracted a significant reaction, with USD 335,950 (almost Rs 2.5 crore) raised,” stated Anwar Hussain, Co-Founder of CricFlix.