1932 Bobby Jones Vintage Signed Photo

Sold For: $1,800

Auction Year: 2016 fall

Lot: 2093

Item Year: 1932

Category: Football/Basketball/Hockey/Boxing/Other Sports

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Original photo capturing Bobby Jones and Olin Dutra posing together on the links, signed by both in black fountain pen. Jones has signed the photo (grading "9") to the right of his image. Dutra has inscribed the photo "To Edward S. Chadwick/Sincerely,/Olin Dutra" atop his image (grading "7/8"). The photographer's credit, "Don Milton/Beverly Hills," appears in the lower right corner and on the reverse. The date, "Aug 1932," is handwritten in black ink in the lower left corner. Vintage Bobby Jones signed photos have always been highly prized by collectors because his signature in later years was greatly affected by his illness. (In 1948 Jones was diagnosed with syringomyelia, a rare degenerative disease of the central nervous system, similar to ALS, that confined him to a wheelchair for most of his later years.) Considered by most to be the greatest golfer ever, Jones was a founder of the Augusta National Golf Club and a designer, with Alister MacKenzie, of the course. Among his many feats, Jones accomplished what many felt impossible, winning all four majors in the same year, 1930 (the U.S. and British Opens and their respective Amateur Championship events), only to retire immediately afterwards. Olin Dutra was an outstanding professional golfer in his own right and winner of two major titles during his career (1932 PGA Championship and 1934 U.S. Open). The photo (7.25 x 9 inches) displays a few minor creases, most noticeably in the lower left corner and down the left border, but they do not detract in the least from its overall Excellent appearance. Matted and framed to total dimensions of 13.5 x 15.5 inches. Full LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+.

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