Martin Crowe's cricket bat sold for $20K at auction as Russell Crowe's memorabilia offloaded for divorce proceedings

New Zealand cricket player, Martin Crowe's test match bat that he scored his final century at Lords in 1994 is on it's way home after being sold in an auction for a breathtaking $20,000.

Crowe's cousin - actor Russell Crowe - auctioned off 227 lots to fund his divorce from Australian actress Danielle Spencer, which includes memorabilia from the former Black Caps captain's career.

Crowe who died two years ago is still regarded by many as this country's greatest test batsman. He represented New Zealand from 1982 to 1995. He played 77 Tests with and average of 45.36 runs, made 17 Test centuries with a highest Test score of 299.

A campaign was set up after one keen Kiwi cricket fan started a Givealittle campaign, that aimed to save the memorabilia. 

Organiser Adam Gilshnan spoke about the desire to keep Crowe's items in the right hands, which he plans to donate to the New Zealand Cricket Museum.

"I'm a New Zealander in my mid-40s, for me Martin Crowe was cricket," he told the Museum's website. 

A share of the profit will go to Martin's daughter Emma, 15, as Russell promised his cousin if he ever sold the gear for more than than what he paid for it he would share the profit with Martin.

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