Daniel Christian of Australia was the most expensive player by the end of the second and final day of the Indian Premier League auction in Bangalore as the focus moved to pace bowlers from batsmen.
Christian, a 27-year-old seam bowler who is also handy with the bat, was picked by Deccan Chargers for $900,000 US after fierce bidding from Delhi Daredevils and the new Kochi franchise.
The Australian, who has played only three Twenty20 internationals, went for 18 times his base price of $50,000.
Other foreign players included Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait who was picked at his reserve price of $300,000 by Rajasthan Royals, which already has Australians Shane Warne and Shane Watson in its team.
Pune Warriors bought young Australian batsman Mitchell Marsh ($290,000) and South African seam bowler Wayne Parnell ($160,000), who will join the likes of South Africa captain Graeme Smith and Yuvraj Singh in the new franchise.
Indian pace bowlers Umesh Yadav (Delhi, $750,000), Munaf Patel (Mumbai Indians, $700,000), Lakshmipathi Balaji (Kolkata, $500,000) and Vinay Kumar (Kochi, $475,000) were among the other top purchases as the franchises were restricted to a cap of $9 million per team.
The bowlers went for a fraction of the amount spent on batsmen, with India opener Gautam Gambhir having been bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders for $2.4 million on Saturday, the opening day of the auction.
Among those not finding any takers on Sunday were veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya, South African paceman Makhaya Ntini and English players Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan and Ryan Sidebottom.
They join former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, West Indians Brian Lara and Chris Gayle and South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher in a list of prominent players who have not been bid for.
Apart from Gambhir, big-hitting allrounder Yusuf Pathan (Kolkata, $2.1 million), Robin Uthappa (Pune, $2.1 million) and Rohit Sharma (Mumbai Indians, $2 million) were the other expensive buys on the first day.
The highest bids before this weekend's auction were the $1.55 million each for England players Kevin Pietersen (Bangalore Royal Challengers) and Andrew Flintoff (Chennai Super Kings) during the second edition, in 2009.
Ten franchises participated in the two-day bidding, including Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab -- who were banished by the IPL for breaching ownership regulations but readmitted for the auction following a court order.
Twelve players, including India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings) and Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians), were retained by their original franchises.
The 2011 IPL season will be held from April 8-May 22.