Bangalore, Jan 08 (Agencies): India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir was the first player to be sold in the players' auction for Indian Premier League (IPL) season four, fetching a record $2.4 million by Kolkata Knight Riders.

Gambhir, who was part of the Delhi Daredevils for the last three years, had a base price of $200,000. The bidding for him saw intense contest between four teams - Kochi, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders.

The Kochi franchise was the first to bid for the Delhi player and were involved in a keen contest with Mumbai Indians.

Bangalore Royal Challengers almost bagged the left-handed batsman, but Knight Riders jumped in the fray at the last minute and bought him for a record amount in the IPL.

Gambhir surpassed Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, who were bank rolled by Bangalore and Chennai two years back for $1.5 million each.

Following are the first nine players auctioned for the Indian Premier League (IPL) season four in Bangalore on Saturday.

Gautam Gambhir: Bought for $2.4 million by Kolkata Knight Riders

Tillakaratne Dilshan: Bought for $650,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore

Zaheer Khan: Bought for $900,0000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore

Yusuf Pathan: Bought for $2.1 million by Kolkata Knight Riders

Ross Taylor: Bought for $1 million by Rajasthan Royals

Kevin Pietersen: Bought for $650,000 by Deccan Chargers

Mahela Jayawardene: Bought for $1.5 million by Team Kochi

Yuvraj Singh: Bought for $1.8 million by Pune Warriors

AB de Villiers: Bought for $1.1 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore

Sourav Ganguly: Not Sold

Cameron White: Bought for $1.1 million by Deccan Chargers

Jacques Kallis: Bought for $1.1 million by Kolkata Knight Riders

Rohit Sharma: Bought for $2 million by Mumbai Indians

Andrew Symonds: Bought for $850,000 by Mumbai Indians

Kumar Sangakkara: Bought for $700,000 by Deccan Chargers

Adam Gilchrist: Bought for $900,000 by Kings XI Punjab

Rahul Dravid: Bought for $500,000 by Rajasthan Royals

Robin Uthappa:
Bought for $2.1 million by Pune Warrior
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Johan Botha: Bought for $950,000 by Rajasthan Royals

VVS Laxman:
Bought for $400,000 by Team Kochi

Daniel Vettori: Bought for $550,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore

Brendon McCullum: Bought for $475,000 by Team Kochi

S Sreesanth: Bought for $900,000 by Team Kochi

Irfan Pathan: Bought for $1.9 million by Delhi Daredevils

Jesse Daniel Ryder: Not sold

Herschelle Gibbs:
Not sold

Mike Hussey: Bought for Rs. 1.95 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders

Shaun Marsh: Bought for Rs. 1.95 crore by Kings XI Punjab

Brian Lara: Not Sold

JP Duminy: Bought for $300,000 by Deccan Chargers

Shikhar Dhawan:
Bought for Shikhar Dhawan by Deccan Chargers

Saurabh Tiwary: Bought for $1.6 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore

David Hussey:
Bought for $1.4 million by Kings XI Punjab

David Warner:
Bought for $750,000 by Delhi Daredevils

Graham Manou:
Unsold

Parthiv Patel:
Bought for $290,000 by Team Kochi

Wriddhiman Saha:
Bought for $100,000 by Chennai Super Kings

Dinesh Karthik: Bought for $900,000 by Kings XI Punjab

Naman Ojha:
Bought for $270,000 by Delhi Daredevils

Brad Haddin: Bought for $325,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders

Tim Paine: Bought for $270,000 by Pune Warriors

Matt Prior: Not Sold

Mark Boucher:
Not Sold

Davey Jacobs:
Bought for $190,000 by Mumbai Indians

James Hopes: Bought for $350,000 by Delhi Daredevils

Ravindra Jadeja: Bought for $950,000 by Pune Warriors

Luke Wright: Not sold

Shakib al Hasan: Bought for $425,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders

Stuart Broad:
Bought for $400,000 by Kings XI Punjab

Abhishek Nayar:
Bought for $800,000 by Kings XI Punjab

Angelo Mathews:
Bought for $950,000 by Pune Warriors

Dwayne Bravo: Bought for $200,000 by Chennai Super Kings

Steven Smith: Bought for $200,000 by Team Kochi

James Franklin:
Bought for $100,000 by Mumbai Indians

Dilhara Fernando: NO bidding

Ishant sharma: Bought for $450,000 by Deccan Chargers

Praveen Kumar: Bought for $800,000 by Kings XI Punjab

Ashish Nehra:
Bought for $850,000 by Pune Warriors

Brett Lee:
Bought for $400,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders

Morne Morkel: Bought for $475,000 by Delhi Daredevils

Ryan Harris: Bought for $325,000 by Kings XI Punjab

Dirk Nannes: Bought for $650,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore

Dirk Bollinger: Bought for $700,000 by Chennai Super Kings

R Ashwin: Bought for $850,000 by Chennai Super Kings

Ajantha Mendis: Not Sold

Pragyan Ojha: Bought for $500,000 by Deccan Chargers

Murali Karthik: Not Sold

Amit Mishra: Bought for $300,000 by Deccan Chargers

Nathan McCullum:
Bought for $100,000 by Pune Warriors

Ramesh Powar:
Bought for $180,000 by Team Kochi

Chamara Kapugedera: Not Sold

Aaron Finch: Bought for $300,000 by Delhi Daredevils

Brad Hodge: Bought for $425,000 by Team Kochi

Tamim Iqbal:
Not Sold

Callum Ferguson: Bought for $300,000 by Pune Warriors

Manoj Tiwary: Bought for $475,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders

Cheteshwar Pujara: Bought for $700,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore

S Badrinath: Bought for $800,000 by Chennai Super Kings

Paul Collingwood: Bought for $250,000 by Rajasthan Royals

James Anderson: Not sold

RP Singh: Bought for $500,000 by Team Kochi

Graeme Swann: Not sold

Graeme Smith: Bought for $500,000 by Pune Warriors

Eoin Morgan: Bought for $350,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders

Dale Steyn: Bought for $1.2 mn by Deccan Chargers

Piyush Chawla: Bought for $900,000 by Kings XI Punjab

Seated eight to a table at the over 7,000 sq ft pillar-less Mysore Hall of ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel here, business leaders and film stars Saturday began picking up cricketers for the Indian Premier League's (IPL) fourth season.

The IPL-4 beginning April 8 will see 10 teams and 74 matches in the shortest version of cricket. Two new entrants to this edition are Kochi and Pune Warriors.

The 10 owners have 353 players from across the cricketing world, except Pakistan, to bid for Saturday and Sunday.

Each team can have a maximum of 30 players and a minimum of 16.

There is a cap on the total amount that a team can cough up -- $9 million. However the teams like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils have lesser amount to spend as they have retained some cricketers who played for them in the earlier editions.

The total amount bid over the next two days will be $75 million.

For the first time legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara, who played for the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), will be up for grabs by bidders who include liquor baron Vijay Mallya (Royal Challengers), India's richest man Mukesh Ambani (Mumbai Indians), the 'Bollywood Badshah' Shah Rukh Khan (Kolkata Knight Riders), and the glamorous Preity Zinta (Kings XI Punjab) and Shilpa Shetty (Rajasthan Royals), among others.

The auction will be a two-day affair unlike the previous ones in Mumbai where it was all over in a day.

While the team owners along with the coaches and cricket experts will be ready with a strategy to get the players of their choice, the cricketers themselves will be keenly following the action to know their fate.

The cricketers have been divided into different price bands with the highest reserve price fixed at $400,000 for the marquee players like Lara, fellow West Indian Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen of England, New Zealander Brendon McCullum, Australian Adam Gilchrist and Indians Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh.

The auction will be conducted by Richard Madley, a professional auctioneer from England who supervised all IPL auctions.

Base prices of some of the star players are as follows:

$400,000: Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Sourav Ganguly.

$300,000: Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews.

$200,000: Gautam Gambhir, Michael Hussey, Doug Bollinger, Dirk Nannes, Eoin Morgan, Robin Uthappa, Sanath Jayasuriya.

$100,000: Tamim Iqbal, R.Ashwin, Morne Morkel, Ben Hilfenhaus.