Ashes urn sells at auction for $80,600

The 1909 Ashes urn, presented by Lady Darnley to Australia’s Test cricket captain Monty Noble following his team’s victory over England, sold for $80,6000 on Thursday December 7 at Leonard Joel’s auction in Melbourne.

The urn – one of only three still known to be in private hands (the other two are on loan to the Melbourne Cricket Club Museum) – is one of the most important pieces of cricketing memorabilia to appear on the market for many years – and the pinnacle for any sporting collector, according to Leonard Joel’s sporting memorabilia head Max Williamson.

Recognised as one of Australia’s greatest all-rounders, Monty Noble is commemorated in a stand named after him at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

His auction collection included other trophies and silverware commemorating significant moments in his career.


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