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Iconic Bob Hawke Cricket Photo Sells For 17 Times Asking Price

More than $600,000 has been raised from the sale of hundreds of Bob Hawke's personal belongings, with many fetching record prices.

Not a single item was left unsold at the auction in Sydney on Tuesday night, more than three months after the former prime minister's death.

The collection of 266 items fetched a total of $671,630 - three times the original estimated value.

"People were passionate about owning a piece of Australian history," a spokesman for auctioneers Shapiro told AAP on Wednesday.

An array of pieces of Hawke's cigar paraphernalia sold for up to $8500, while a photo of a cricket ball striking him in the face fetched $3500 - more than 17 times its asking price.

Photo: Shapio.

An inscribed silver-footed bowl gifted to the then-prime minister by US Secretary of State Dick Cheney sold for $7500.

The bargain of the night was a 1970-era jug by Danish designer Erik Magnussen, which went for $200.

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The most expensive item sold was a Hugh Sawrey painting called the Drover's Wife which once hung in Hawke's office. It sold for $23,000, almost three times the expected selling price.

Auctioneer Andrew Shapiro poses for a photograph with items up for auction in the home office of former prime minister Bob Hawke, in Northbridge, Sydney, Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Photo: AAP.

Other big earners were a pair of Victorian-era frog-adorned silver sweet meat dishes which fetched $22,000, and a miniature Chinese book case which sold for $20,000.

The money raised at the auction will be returned to Hawke's estate.

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