The first golfing memorabilia sale of the New Year will take place at the sale rooms of Bonhams (formerly Phillips) in Chester on Saturday 26th January commencing at 11.00 am.
More than 500 lots are on offer including clubs, balls, books, magazines and programmes, silver and jewellery, pictures and prints, ceramics and glassware, clubmaking tools and equipment.
Perhaps the most recent item is an original oil on canvas portrait of Tiger Woods by the Scottish painter Craig Campbell. Signed by both Woods and the artist the painting is estimated at £8,000 – £12,000. Craig Campbell, who was born in Prestwick in 1960, studied at Glasgow College of Art and is regarded by many to be the outstanding British golf artist of his generation.
A number of original architects maps from the firm of H Colt & Associates are included. These concern projects to change the layouts of some of the courses at St Andrews – projects which never took place because of the outbreak of the Second World War.
Golf Club histories and year books have proved a good investment. The 1901 Year Book of Nairn Golf Club is estimated to make £200 – £300, a first edition of The Book of Dalbeattie Golf Club £700 – £900 and a copy of the Rules of The West Lancashire Golf Club (instituted 1873) £250 – £350.
Viewing takes place on 24th and 25th January and on the morning of the sale.