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    Sachin's bat auctioned for Rs. 42 lakh

    The champion batsman had scored an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand at Christchurch last year with this bat.

    Mumbai: Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar's willow fetched the highest bid of Rs. 42 lakh at a glittering sports auction here that saw personal items donated by 25 top sportspersons from the country and overseas go under the hammer.

    The champion batsman had scored an unbeaten 163 against New Zealand at Christchurch last year, his fourth highest one day score, with this bat.

    Tied at second spot was the rifle used by India's only individual Olympic gold medallist, shooter Abhinav Bindra, when creating history at the Beijing Games two years ago and the bat of Rahul Dravid, with which he had scored a century in each innings in the Kolkata Test of 2005 against Pakistan.

    Both were successfully bid for Rs. 20 lakh.

    The bat signed by all team members of the 1983 World Cup winning team, donated by Sunil Gavaskar, went under the hammer for Rs. 17.5 lakh.

    Anil Kumble's jersey that he wore when he equalled Jim Laker's record of ten wickets in a Test innings against Pakistan in New Delhi in 1999 and his Test cap that he wore between 2004 and 2006 went for Rs 11.5 lakh.

    Among the other items auctioned off were Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer's shoes and sports gear donated by Indian top racquet sports exponents - Shuttler Saina Nehwal and tennis player Sania Mirza.

    Doners Dravid, Kumble, tennis ace Leander Paes, national football captain Baichung Bhutia, 1974 hockey World Cup winning skipper Ajit Pal Singh, former hockey captain Viren Rasquinha and Bindra were present at the auction last night.

    Leander's 12th Grand Slam winning racquet at Wimbledon this year in mixed doubles was the second piece to be auctioned and received a bid of Rs. 7 lakhs.

    Also gracing the function were world champion wrestler and Delhi Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sushil Kumar and hockey great Dhanraj Pillay.

    The auction was held by Non Government Organisation The Foundation founded by actor and ex-rugby international player Rahul Bose in association with Raheja Universal and the proceeds were donated to Bose's NGO.

    The donors and items that went under the hammer were:

    Pankaj Advani: Medal - World Billiards Champion, 2007; Cue, International debut, 2002.

    Viswanathan Anand: Medal - World Chess (Match) Champion, 2008.

    Mahesh Bhupathi: Racquet - Mixed Doubles Champion, Australian Open, 2009.

    Baichung Bhutia: Jersey - signed by Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Baichung Bhutia and others worn at the International Charity Match for Haiti earthquake, 2010.

    Abhinav Bindra: Rifle - World Champion, 2006; World record; Olympic Record.

    Rahul Dravid: Bat - Century in each Test innings vs Pakistan, Kolkata, 2005.

    Anil Kumble: Test Jersey - 10 wickets in an innings vs Pakistan, New Delhi, 1999; Test cap, 2004 to 2006.

    Sania Mirza: Racquet - Wimbledon, 2010.

    Saina Nehwal: Racquet - Singapore Open Super Series, Indonesian Open Super Series, Indian Open Grand Prix, all 2010; Gold Medal, Indian Open, 2010.

    Sachin Tendulkar: Bat - 163 vs New Zealand, Christchurch, 2009, fourth highest one-day score.

    Virender Sehwag: Batting gloves, 125 vs New Zealand, 2009, fastest one-day hundred by an Indian.

    Kapil Dev: Bat - signed by 1983 World Cup winning squad.

    Sunil Gavaskar: Bat - signed by 1983 World Cup winning squad.

    Leander Paes: Racquet - Mixed Doubles Champion, Wimbledon 2010.

    Viren Rasquinha: Hockey stick - bronze medal, Asian Games, Busan, 2002; India blazer, Asian Games, Busan, 2002.

    Geet Sethi: World Professional Billiards trophy, 1992. Cue - World Billiards Championship, 2007; World Snooker Championship, 2008.

    Prakash Padukone: Silver edal - Japan Open, 1981.

    Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi: Debut India blazer vs England, 1961; retiring India blazer vs West Indies, 1975.

    Ajitpal Singh: Hockey stick exchanged with Pakistan captain Islahuddin - World Cup Final, 1975.

    Vijay Amritraj: Tennis racquet, tennis balls.

    Roger Federer (courtesy Globosport): Tennis shoes - winner, Cincinnati Open, 2010.

    Diego Forlan (courtesy Mahuaa TV): Football - 2010.

    Ricky Ponting (courtesy Dhiraj Malhotra): Gold Medal - World Cup, 2007.

    Maria Sharapova (courtesy Akshay Kulkarni): Racquet - 2010

    Shane Warne (courtesy Rahul Bose): Retiring Cricket Victoria shirt - 2008.