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Shane Warne cap auctioned for $1 million for bushfire appeal

SYDNEY (AP) — Australian cricketer Shane Warne's baggy green cap has made more than 1 million Australian dollars ($685,000) at auction to aid those affected by wild fires across the country.

When bidding closed on Friday morning the famous cap that is given to each Australian test cricketer was sold for $1,007,500.

The buyer was not identified.

One of the authoritative journal Wisden's five cricketers of the century, legspin bowler Warne played 145 tests and claimed 708 wickets.

Proceeds from the auction will go to the Australian Red Cross bushfire appeal.

"Thank you so much to everyone that placed a bid and a huge thank you/congrats

to the successful bidder — you have blown me away with your generosity and this

was way beyond my expectations!" Warne posted on social media.

"The money will go direct to the Red Cross bushfire appeal. Thank you, thank

you, thank you."

Australia's bushfire crisis that began in September and continues has killed 27 people and destroyed more than 2,100 homes.

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