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Richard is known in a nation of a billion people as Hammer Man. Recently $62.8m went under his hammer in the IPL Auction in Bangalore this year. Here are some articles about it:

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DREWEATTS AND BLOOMSBURY AUCTIONS CHOSEN FOR SALE

Glamorgan Cricket Club have turned to the man who has raised more than $135m by auctioning the game’s greatest players to help them raise funds to build the Welsh Museum of Cricket.

As the 2010 English cricket season gets set to start on 29 March, auctioneer Richard Madley has been given the task of raising more than £100,000 for the Welsh county to kick-start their ambitious project at the SWALEC Stadium.

Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell has decided to delve back into the county’s past to try to secure a brighter future for the club by auctioning off some of their oldest cricketing treasures.

Autographs from the legendary WG Grace, Jack Hobbs and Ivo Bligh, who was the first English captain to bring home the Ashes, as well as a run of Wisden cricket annuals from 1865 -1970 will go under Welsh-born Madley’s gavel at Dreweatts and Bloomsbury Auctions Mayfair premises in London on 9 June. Madley, who has more than 30 years of international experience as an auctioneer, is a cricket lover who still keeps wicket for Lacock 2nd XI in the seventh division of the Wiltshire County League having also been head of cricket memorabilia at the London-based auction house Phillips.

Over three years he has also topped $100m by selling the world’s greatest players to the eight IPL franchises, owned by India’s richest and most famous sons and daughters. But now his sights are set on raising a more modest, although equally significant, sum.

“Glamorgan have done a remarkable job in turning their old Sophia Gardens home into the magnificent new SWALEC Stadium Test arena,” said Madley, a director of Dreweatts, the United Kingdom’s largest regional auction house.

“But they are not resting on their laurels and their ambitious plan to create the Welsh Museum of Cricket was something that immediately struck a chord with me when I spoke to Paul Russell about it.

Madley’s expertise in the sports memorabilia market – he recently sold a collection of old rugby and football programmes from a Welsh collector dating back to the 1890s for more than £10,000 – made him the perfect man to assess the value of Glamorgan’s treasure trove and Dreweatts presence in the South West marries well with the international exposure that Bloomsbury Auctions’ London premises offers as a sale venue.

“This is an important sale for the club although I have to stress we are not selling off the family silver. The items going to auction are those that have been gathering dust over the years, we feel we can live without and which would not be housed in our museum,” explained Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell.

“We wanted an expert to take on this sale for us and in Richard we feel we have found exactly the right man. Not only does he have great credentials, but he also loves cricket and is a Glamorgan fan.

“Whatever money we raise will be put to good use in establishing the museum. It is an important project for us and one which we hope will help to enthuse future generations of cricket players and lovers the length and breadth of Wales.

“The SWALEC Stadium has already put itself on the map by hosting a dramatic Ashes Test match. We want it to become a major visitor attraction centre as well as a major sporting venue and that is why we want to establish the museum at the ground.”

Madley also stressed that the auction at Bloomsbury Auction House ‘will be no fire sale’.The Welsh county’s ‘crown jewels’ have been ring-fenced and only ‘non-core items’ and doubles will be up for grabs.

“This is going to be a very important sale not only for Glamorgan, but also for the cricket memorabilia marketplace. It is going to generate huge interest – and big sums,” he added.

“But the most important thing is that Dr Andrew Hignell, Glamorgan’s 1st X1 scorer and archivist, has identified what needs to be kept for the new museum and only those items that don’t tell the story of cricket in the county and across South Wales are being listed.

“The Wisden almanacs alone could raise more than £50,000 and there are many other items that will sell for significant sums.”

Madley has already shipped the items from Cardiff to Dreweatts’ West Country base in Clifton and is currently busy putting together a full catalogue to show the collection to its best advantage.

“We’re looking to engage with all Glamorgan members and as many fans as possible and hope that many of the items will stay in Wales,” added Madley.

“There will be a chance to view at our Clifton showrooms in late May and then there will be formal viewings ahead of the auction in London on Monday, 7 June. We hope to have catalogues available from 10 May.”

A FEW OF THE STAR ITEMS

Letter signed by WG Grace

Dr WG Grace is still regarded as the greatest English cricketer of all time. He scored more than 54,000 runs and was one of the most recognisable faces in the Victorian age. Recent letter signed by him sold for £380.

Letters signed by Ivo Bligh

Ivo Bligh became the 8th Earl of Darnley, but also led the 1882-83 tour to Australia. The Ashes were regained and he was presented with the urn which is still played for to this day. On his death in 1927 his widow presented the urn to the MCC.

Early Wisdens

The pre-1900 Wisdens can sell for between £1-5,000 each and all the Glamorgan collection is in pristine conditions. The run goes from 1870-1970 and could raise up to £80,000

Wales Rugby Ticket 1895

There have always been strong links between Glamorgan and the Cardiff and Wales rugby teams. This ticket is from a Wales v Ireland match at the Arms Park, a game which Wales won 5-3 with Glamorgan’s first professional player, Billy Bancroft, lining up at full back for the home side.

Signed Portrait Photograph of Sir Jack Hobbs

An opening batsman, he scored more first-class runs and more first-class centuries than any other cricketer. Over half of his career total of centuries were scored after he had turned 40 years old and, in 1929, aged 46, he became the oldest man ever to score a century in a Test match. He scored over 1,000 runs in a season for Surrey on 26 occasions.

WHO IS RICHARD MADLEY

Richard Madley (52) is a second-generation auctioneer who started his career with Phillips Auctioneers in London. He was born in Cardiff and attended Llandaff Cathedral School before going to Sherbourne School, in Dorset. He has more than 30 years of international experience in the business and regularly conducts sales of paintings, works of art and sporting items across the globe. He is a director of Dreweatts, the UK’s largest regional auction house.

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