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87030

1955 Tournament of Champions Gold Participant's Medal Presented to Sam Snead....

2013 December 6 - 7 Golf Collectibles Catalog Auction featuring The Sam Snead Collection - Dallas #7090

 
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Auction Ended On: Dec 6, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions
3500 Maple Avenue
Dallas, TX 75219

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1955 Tournament of Champions Gold Participant's Medal Presented to Sam Snead. Crafted from fourteen carat gold, studded .40 carats of real diamonds and bearing the name and likeness of founder Wilbur Clark on the obverse, this is a relic that speaks as much to the decadence of early Las Vegas as it does to Mr. Snead's brilliance on the links. Clark was the owner of the famous Desert Inn and several other Vegas properties, funded largely with support from underworld figures from Bugsy Siegel to Meyer Lansky. His love of golf inspired the creation of the "Tournament of Champions" on his Desert Inn course, open only to golfers who had claimed a PGA Tour victory in the previous year.

Verso pictures a figural golfer in relief and text reading, "Tournament of Champions, Desert Inn." Faintly stamped is the date "1955." Diameter 1.5". Fine condition. Letter of provenance from Jack Snead.

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