Following the successes of 2015, Bonhams Golf Memorabilia department is now inviting consignments of Golfing Collectibles for inclusion in sales in 2016. (Golf memorabilia is offered as part of Bonhams twice yearly Sporting Sales held in May and October.) All memorabilia is welcome including : paintings, Open Player badges, Open programmes, Open and other medals, Ryder Cup material, signed photographs, pre 1940s golf balls, pre 1920s wooden shafted clubs, golfing ceramics and silver ware.
Highlights of the past year include the celebrated golfing portrait of Henry Callender by Lemuel Francis Abbott, previously owned by the Royal Blackheath Golf Club which sold for £722,500 (inc. premium), together with an extremely rare iron headed putter, circa 1780, which made £65,000 (inc. premium). In May, the golfing department achieved a world record for an Open Championship medal with Alexander 'Sandy' Herd's 1902 medal which sold for £67,480. (inc. premium)