Ben Barnett’s autograph book featuring the work of Arthur Mailey was the leading money earner at Leski Auctions Melbourne sale on September 2.
The book, entitled “Australian Cricket Tour – England 1934”, included illustrations of team members and touring party officials signed by both Arthur Mailey and the cricketers involved and went under the hammer for $42,000 against a high estimate of $7500.
Australian cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman’s correspondence to Nigel Ward who lived in Norfolk, England was in second place with its hammer price of $30,000.
During the early 1990s, Ward conducted research into Bradman’s history and the archive comprised 49 hand and typewritten letters from the cricketing great from July 1990 to February 1999.
Franz Anton Melhem’s late 19th century Royal Bonn cricket-themed beer stein sold for $19,000, while the painting of late 19th century English cricket captain Dr W.G. Grace was bought for $12,000 by the lucky bidder.