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    Includes photo matches from 1958 and 2004!

    1958 Arnold Palmer Masters Tournament Worn & Signed Golf Shoes. It was a tournament for the ages, notable for far more than the entry of an ascendant links legend into the brotherhood of the Green Jacket. The 1958 Masters was the first to feature a five-figure victor's purse, the first after two stone bridges crossing Rae's Creek were named for Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson, and the event that inspired Sports Illustrated writer Herbert Warren to assign the term "Amen Corner" to the site of the Sunday finale's most thrilling action.

    The leaderboard after fifty-four holes at this twenty-second edition at Augusta found two figures on the Mount Rushmore of the sport at its top: Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead, each standing at a five-under 211. But the field was packed tightly behind the legendary pair, with no fewer than eight suitors for the title trailing by three shots or fewer.

    Snead was unable to keep pace with his young rival, and Palmer's seventy-three on Sunday proved just good enough to stave off any assaults from below, though not without controversy. A wobbly judge's ruling at the par three twelfth after Palmer's tee shot became partially imbedded left Palmer to play both the lie and a drop. The former resulted in a double-bogey, but ultimately it was determined that Palmer was indeed entitled to relief, and the par his dropped ball provided. Ultimately Palmer would win by a single stroke.

    Presented are the distinctive black and white wingtip golf shoes that carried to his very first Major Championship victory, and the first of four he'd ultimately claim upon Bobby Jones' masterpiece course. The "Footjoy" brand "Rex" model shoes exhibit fine wear, suggestive of far more than a single, glorious long weekend in Georgia. The come to us from the son of a gentleman who became friendly with Palmer after serving as his personal pilot in the mid-1960's. Palmer gifted the shoes to our consignor, who realized decades later, after seeing photos of the 1958 Masters, just how special the gift had been.

    Our consignor reached out to Palmer soon after the discovery, and Palmer confirmed the elite provenance. In 2004 the pair met for an autograph signing session, where Palmer signed each shoe in 10/10 black sharpie, adding a "1958 Masters" notation. The pair then posed with the signed shoes to mark the occasion.

    After a period of display at the World Golf Hall of Fame, the thrilling relics make their auction debut in this Platinum Night event. Letter of provenance from consignor. Various photographic documentation. LOA from Heritage Auctions. Full LOA from PSA/DNA for each shoe. Full LOA from James Spence Authentication (both shoes).





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