Some weeks ago we informed you about the forthcoming auction of the Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Collection by the London auctioneers Christie’s.
It is said that the collection from the owner of the Valderrama Golf Club in Andalusia, Spain, is one of the most remarkable golf collections in the world. The auction consisted of 347 lots containing clubs, balls, books, paintings and different memorabilia with an estimated value of € 2.2 million.
Because we do not expect that all of our readers went to London on the 30th of May to bid on one of the offered items, we would like to show you the highlights of the auction.
The most expensive golf club was the so called ‘Royal Perth Putter’, a metal-headed blade putter from the 18th century, made or assembled by the famous club maker Simon Cossar. The bidding for this exceptional putter stopped at £ 67.250 (€ 83.400).
The most expensive feather-filled leather golf ball was a rather square ball made by Wil Robertson, the father of Allan Robertson, made in 1790. The buyer paid £ 16.250 (€ 20.000) to call this ball his own.
However, even more money was paid for a hand-hammered gutta percha ball, made by Allan Robertson in 1849. The ball was stamped ‘Allan’, inscribed ‘25’ and ‘a new kind of golf ball made of gutta percha in the year 1849’. The ball was sold for £ 18.750 (€ 23.000).
The most expensive object of the auction was the finished sketch for ‘The Golfers’ by Charles Lees RSA (1800-1850). The bidding for this exceptional sketch stopped at £ 337.250 (€ 418.000).