IPL captains signed car fetches Rs. 30 lakh in auction

A similar Volkswagen Passat was sold for Rs. 30 lakhs, proceeds of which would go to WWF India Getty Images

New Delhi: May 24, 2011

A Volkswagen Passat car sporting signatures of all captains of the 10 IPL teams has fetched a record over Rs 30 lakh in a charity auction that would benefit WWF India.

The signature German luxury car has been snapped up by Bangalore cricket enthusiast Saidas Malladi whose winning bid of Rs 30.13 lakh topped a total of 26 bids from across India in the auction that is said to be the priciest ever transaction conducted by eBay India till date, according to a statement by the ecommerce marketplace today.

The 10-day auction that began on May 3, 2011 has surpassed previous milestones of the “Rakesh Jhunjhunwala”, “Coaching Camp with Sachin Tendulkar” and “Lunch with Amitabh Bachchan” charity auction, with highest bid records at Rs 14.02 lakh, Rs 12 lakh and Rs 10.02 lakh respectively.

“The eBay India’s charity platform is aimed at benefitting all Indian NGOs and socially responsible corporate who want to auction celebrity memorabilia, sell products or collect donations for a good cause,” Deepa Thomas, Senior Manager – Pop Culture, eBay India.

The exclusive auction for the Passat autographed by captains of the T20 teams and accompanied with a similarly autographed bat was witnessed by over 17,000 visitors and the proceeds is set to go to conservation organisation WWF India.

The organisation is dedicated to building a healthy living planet for future generations by adopting a two-pronged approach to conservation which includes biodiversity conservation and footprint reduction.