Old Tom Morris photo collection sold at auction

One of 42 photos from Old Tom Morris' personal photography collection that was sold recently by Green Jacket Auctions.

One of 42 photos from Old Tom Morris' personal photography collection that was sold recently by Green Jacket Auctions.

The golf antiquity market is alive and well as Green Jacket Auctions closed out its winter auction on Sunday morning.

The headliner was a collection of 42 photos from Old Tom Morris’s personal photography collection. The photos were found in the mid-1900s in an old stable, thus the moniker, “Stable Find," was attached to the collection.

The collection sold for $118,084, and again demonstrated the value of classic collectibles.

“The best of the best is selling,” Kip Opgard, the proprietor of Golf Links To the Past, a high-end golf collectibles and antique store at Pebble Beach said of the recent results. “Just like antiquities selling at Christies and Sotheby’s, this auction shows in the renewed interest in collectibles.”

The gem of the collection, which sold for $19,850, was a photograph shot in 1875 at the St. Mary’s Studio in St. Andrews of Old and Young Tom Morris each with a club in their hands dressed in golfing apparel of the day.

“Tom Morris never (tried) to sell these photographs, they were part of his life,” Opgard said. “Whose golf life is more historic than Old Tom Morris?”

The results of the auction are available at greenjacketauctions.com.

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