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1921 Bobby Jones Original News Photo - PSA/DNA Type 1
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $1,659.00
Rare original news photo capturing legendary golfer Bobby Jones, only nineteen years old at the time, as a member of the American team during a trip to Great Britain in 1921. Jones is pictured seated, second from the right. This was Bobby Jones' first trip to Great Britain and he was joined by seven other American golfers to square off against their British counterparts in what would become known as the Walker Cup matches the following year. It was also during this trip that Jones experienced the low-point of his career. While taking part in the British Open at St. Andrews, Jones let his legendary temper get the best of him when, after hitting his ball into the bunker on the eleventh hole, he picked it up without completing the hole, thereby disqualifying himself from the tournament. He later referred to that moment as his "most inglorious failure" in golf. Sportswriter Grantland Rice once remarked that Bobby Jones had the "face of an angel and the temper of a timber wolf." It was that temper at St. Andrews in 1921 that helped spark the turning point of his career. Jones learned from that failure and he matured considerably in the next two years, eventually realizing his full potential in 1923. From that point on, until his retirement in 1930 at the age of twenty-eight, Jones won at least one national championship each year, and thirteen of the twenty-one championships he entered. In 1930 he accomplished the unthinkable when he won both the U.S. and British Amateur and Open Championships, a feat still regarded by many as the greatest in the history of sports. This is an extremely early Bobby Jones photo and one that we have never seen before. The fact that it relates to one of the turning points in his career only adds to its appeal. Its rarity probably relates to the fact that it was originally taken by a British photographer. Two separate British copyright stamps appear on the reverse: "E. Hulton & Co., LTD" and "Farringdon Photo Co." Also appearing on the reverse are a "Reference Dept. - N. E. A." stamp and a "June 6 - 1921" date stamp. (N. E. A. stands for Newspaper Enterprise Association, which was one of the nation's first news syndicates.) This is one of a small selection of extraordinary Type I photos from the Acme Newspictures photo archive consigned to this auction. Valuing original photos (especially extreme rarities that are unique or nearly unique) is naturally subjective, but these never-before-offered photographs really are "the best of the best." All are offered with nominal reserves and the auction process (as always at REA) will determine the proper value. Numerous editorial pencil notations on the reverse include "International Golf - American Team," and the names of the other seven American golfers. The photo (8.5 x 6.5 inches) displays minor edge wear and a few light surface wrinkles. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Reserve $300. Estimate $500++. SOLD FOR $1,659.00
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