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Terracotta figure of WG Grace sold for a hammer price of £10,000 at Canterbury Auction Galleries on August 7.

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Perhaps the buyer of a 2ft 8in (81cm) terracotta figure of the great man which sold for a hammer price of £10,000 at Canterbury Auction Galleries yesterday (August 7) could bring it into the dressing room to inspire the team.

This figure catalogued as after Edwin Roscoe Mullins (1849-1907) showed Grace in cricketing attire leaning on a bat, on a circular base signed and dated 1885. It is a copy of a bronze presented to the Marylebone Cricket Club by Mr FR Evans.

Grace (1848-1915) scored 126 centuries, 10 double centuries and three times reached his third century. He was also a deadly accurate bowler who took more than 2800 wickets.

Estimated at £700-1000, the figure sold to a buyer in the room underbid by an online bidder during the three-day sale finishing today, August 8. The buyer’s premium was 20%.

ATG No 2410 (cover dated September 28) will include a special sporting memorabilia feature.