Vintage Golf Memorabilia in Spotlight as Sam Snead Auction Brings $1.1 Million

Vintage golf memorabilia from one of the sport’s true legends was in the spotlight at the recent Platinum Night Sports Auction.  The Sam Snead Collection, consigned to auction by the son of the Hall of Fame player, sold for more than $1.1 million, highlighted by his 1946 British Open Claret Jug which sold for a remarkable  $262,900.

The auction’s total take was more than $4.5 million and included historic memorabilia from several sports legends and events.

Sam Snead Claret Jug 1946Four lots from the Snead Collection sold for more than $100,000.  Snead’s 1954 Masters Championship trophy sold for $191,200. Snead’s 1959 Ryder Cup Championship Trophy sold for $179,250 and his 1951 PGA Championship Wanamaker Trophy realized $119,500.

HeSam Snead Masters trophyritage will sell the second part of the Snead collection on November 22.

Other highlights from the auction included a 1930s Yankees model Lou Gehrig cap sold for a record $239,000, one of the highest prices ever paid for a baseball cap at auction.

Caps worn by Babe Ruth on his famous 1927-28 barnstorming tour with Gehrig and during his final season as a player with the Boston Braves brought $155,350 and $143,400, respectively, each a record for a Ruth cap without Yankees provenance.

A LeRoy Neiman original painting of Ruth from 1973 went to an avid collector for $167,300 in fierce bidding.

Julius Erving’s University of Massachusetts basketball uniform was also a big hit with the live audience in Chicago before being hammered down for $86,638 after a lengthy bidding battle.

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