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Sam Snead paces the field in $1.65 million golf memorabilia auction

The strength of Sam Snead’s enduring legacy was palpable just over a decade after his passing at age 89 in Heritage Auctions’ Golf Auction in Dallas.

Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage told me of the bidder reaction to The Sam Snead Collection. “Clearly the name ‘Sam Snead’ continues to carry enormous weight in the sport of golf.”

Four of Snead’s lots soared into six-figure territory.

Chris Ivy: “First off was Snead’s 1949 Masters Championship Trophy that sold for $143,400.

Next was his 1969 Ryder Cup Captain’s Trophy ($131,450).

Rounding out the quartet were Snead’s 1946 British Open Championship medal and 1949 PGA Championship Wanamaker Trophy, each commanding a hefty $101,575.

Among other highlights:

• Snead’s 1951 Ryder Cup Captain’s Trophy, that sold nearly three times its estimate to end at $83,650

• The Masters Championship Gold Medal Won by Snead in 1954, which sold for $53,775

• The 1960 inaugural Masters Par-3 Championship Trophy Tea Set won by Sam Snead at the first tournament brought $50,787

• 1951/1959/1969 Ryder Cup Captain’s Ring presented to Sam Snead closed at $41,825

• An early 19th Century feather golf ball that Edward VIII gave to Snead, $8,365

• The sand wedge used by Snead in the famous 1954 Masters play-off – $26,290

• And finally, if you own a Sam Snead autograph and paid a substantial sum of money for it (£100 plus), now is a good time to off-load it.

Why?

Because there will be a hoard of 3,545 personal checks all neatly signed by Snead coming onto the market soon.

This lot sold for $34,058 (less than £7 a cheque).

Reproduced with kind permission of Golf International Magazine

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