Top 5 golf memorabilia ever auctioned



2015-06-26 12:59:49

Top 5 golf memorabilia ever auctioned

In celebration of this week's Ryder Cup we reveal our top 5 golf memorabilia ever auctioned

The Ryder Cup - the biennial golf competition that pits the US against Europe is almost upon us.

The event, which begins at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois on Friday, is expected to be a noisy, and highly competitive affair.

In celebration here's our top 5 golf memorabilia ever auctioned.

Seve Ballesteros' gold putter

A gold putter once owned by Seve Ballesteros sold for 55,000 ($89,000)to British golfer Ian Poulter at a charity auction in 2011. Proceeds from the sale were put towards the Ballesteros Foundation and Cancer Research UK.

Ballesteros, a five-time major winner and superb performer at the Ryder Cup, had died of brain cancer aged just 54 earlier in the year.

The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf

Described as "one of the most magnificent books in the entire library of golf" by expert Joseph Murdoch, a large paper edition of The Royal & Ancient Game of Golf sold for $10,200 in 2010.

The rarest and most desired edition of the classic tome, it was authored by Harold H Hilton and Garden G Smith in 1912.

Bobby Jones' green jacket

Golfing great Bobby Jones' green jacket from the Augusta National Golf Club tripled its estimate at a sports memorabilia auction in the US last year.

Featuring Jones' initials on the inside, it sold for $310,000 at the Heritage Auctions sale, against a $100,000 valuation.

Only the reigning Masters champion may take a jacket off the club grounds, although the club's co-founder apparently flouted his own rules.

Regarded as the game's finest ever amateur golfer, Jonesestablished the Masters tournament in 1934,and winners began receiving the jacket in 1949.

Jones, who retired from the game in 1930 except to play the Masters, never won his own tournament.

The first book devoted to golf

Thistle golf club rules

The Rules of the Thistle Club, first edition, 1824 was the first book devoted to golf, preceded only by The Goff, a Poem dated to 1742.

Rules of the Thistle Club brought $22,800 against an estimate of $15,000-25,000 at auction in 2010.

Tom Morris' putter

Tom Morris Putter

An Old Philip Putter, used by legends of the game Old and Young Tom Morris sold for 70,000 ($113,250)at auction in 2005.

The father and son were pioneers of golf in the 19th century, and each boasted four Open victories.

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Bob Zafian

2015-10-09 16:51:13

Curious why you didn't mention the $682,000 that Horton Smith's Masters Champions jacket brought or the $230,350 brought for the Permanent Masters Trophy, or even the $85,592 that a 1700's square toe iron sold recently, ALL items from Green Jacket Auctions.

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