Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke poses with Special Order Cricket Trunk he designed in collaboration with Louis Vuitton. -Photo by AFP

SYDNEY: Australia captain Michael Clarke is set to auction off his custom-built Louis Vuitton cricket trunk, the proceeds of which will go towards charity.

Clarke travelled to Louis Vuitton's historic Asnieres Special Order workshop on the outskirts of Paris to oversee the design of the cricket trunk that stands 140cm in height.

It was built in eight months in France and includes special drawers and compartments for cricket equipment such as bats, gloves, helmets and even an iPod dock.

Everything inside the trunk will be part of the auction except Clarke's baggy green cap and his captain's jacket.

“I will be wearing those for quite a while longer, I hope,’’ he told the Herald Sun.

The trunk has a reserve price of $170,000 but is likely to go up to $300,000 or higher during the bidding process at te Louis Vuitton store in Sydney.

The proceeds from the auction will go to the Sydney Children's Hospital, a cause which Clarke says makes "it all worthwhile".

“If I can use my reputation to make sick kids happy, then that is the least I can do. And the money raised by Louis Vuitton, that will then be given to the hospital so it can make a mighty big difference," he said.

Clarke and his wife Kyly are actively involved in raising funds for charity, especially for sick children.

Opinion

Editorial

Elections in India
Updated 21 Apr, 2024

Elections in India

Independent accounts and spot reports are at variance with Modi-friendly TV anchors and they do not see an easy victory for the Indian premier.
IHC letter
21 Apr, 2024

IHC letter

THIS is a historic opportunity for the judiciary to define its institutional boundaries. It must not be squandered....
Olympic preparations
21 Apr, 2024

Olympic preparations

THIS past week marked the beginning of the 100-day countdown to the Paris Olympics, with the symbolic torch-lighting...
Isfahan strikes
Updated 20 Apr, 2024

Isfahan strikes

True de-escalation means Israel must start behaving like a normal state, not a rogue nation that threatens the entire region.
President’s speech
20 Apr, 2024

President’s speech

PRESIDENT Asif Ali Zardari seems to have managed to hit all the right notes in his address to the joint sitting of...
Karachi terror
20 Apr, 2024

Karachi terror

IS urban terrorism returning to Karachi? Yesterday’s deplorable suicide bombing attack on a van carrying five...