As reported a few weeks ago Alexander ‘Sandy’ Herd’s 1902 Open Golf Championship winner’s medal, won in 1902 at Royal Liverpool in Hoylake, will be sold as part of Bonhams Auctioneers Sporting Sale in Edinburgh tomorrow (13th May)
The medal, which is estimated at £35,000-50,000, is set to be one of the highlights of the sale.
However, for those wishing to take home their own piece of his golfing history, with a slightly more approachable price tag, the final three lots of the sale feature a small collection of artefacts, also belonging to Herd, and with the same family provenance.
With an estimate of £500-800, ‘A Collection of Golfing Medals as won by Sandy Herd in the 1920’s and 30’s’ includes six British tournament medals, such as the News of the World and Ryder Cup medals, while the next item is ‘A Silver Baden-Baden Golf Club Medal for the 1911 German Open Golf Championship’ (also estimated at £500-800).
The final lot features three personal artefacts that once belonged to Herd, (£500-800) comprising two engraved pocket watches and a pair of engraved silver-backed hairbrushes.
The sale also includes a collection of player’s badges worn by British professional golfer Andrew Oldcorn; the fourteen badges, received between 1982-2005, have a combined estimate of £7,000-8,400 but are being sold as individual lots.
Finally, a lovely addition to the sale is a portrait of Walter Hagen by William Henry Dethlef Koerner. The portrait entitled ‘The Golfer, Walter Hagen winner of the 1914 US Golf Open’, is estimated at £2,000-3,000 and shows the American professional golfer and twice winner of the US Open, looking very much at home, out on the golf course.