25 of the greatest pieces in the history of sport donated by 25 of its greatest champions were put under the hammer for the first time for India’s most historic sports auction – Equation recently architect-ed by Rahul Bose. The auction was a black tie sit down dinner held at The Trident, Nariman Point, Mumbai preceded by cocktails.
Spotted: Deepika Padukone and Siddharth Mallya (Deepika was thrilled when her father’s Silver Medal from the Japan series was being auctioned.) Donors Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Leander Paes, Bhaichung Bhutia, Ajit Pal Singh, Viren Rasquinha, Abhinav Bindra, cricketer Rohan Gavaskar, Commonwealth Games gold medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar and hockey legend, Dhanraj Pillay, Kumaramangalam Birla, Gautam & Nawaz Singhania, Abhishek Kapoor, Vishal & Rekha Bhardwaj, Shefali Shah & Vipul Shah, Narendra Kumar Ahmed, Koel Purie, Nandita Mahtani, Surily Goel, Vandana Kasbekar, photographer Jatin Kampani, director Kunal Kohli, Anil Kumble.
Anil Kumble’ Test Jersey from his 10-wicket haul against Pakistan in 1999 – 11.5 lakhs
Rahul Dravid’s Bat – 20 lakhs
Sachin Tendulkar Bat – 42 lakhs
Sunil Gavaskar Bat – 17.5 lakhs
Leander Paes’ 12th Grand Slam winning racquet – 7 lakhs
Abhinav Bindra’s Rifle – 20 lakhs
The auctioneer at the main event was Mallika Advani and the evening was hosted by funny man Cyrus Broacha and Harsha Bhogle.