Lot # 4: Significant 1935 Bobby Jones Autographed Golf Ball Trophy

Category: Autographs

Starting Bid: $1,000.00

Bids: 34 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Masters Week Auction",
which ran from 4/3/2024 8:00 PM to
4/13/2024 8:00 PM

Offered here is a Bobby Jones autographed trophy golf ball that comes with a staggering amount of provenance. 

Bobby Jones autographed golf balls are truly scarce. In our 17 year history, we've sold only 5 golf balls that were autographed by Bobby Jones. But no Bobby Jones golf ball - no matter how confident one can be about authenticity - can stand up to the ironclad provenance of the offered golf ball. 

This Bobby Jones autographed Spalding black dot tournament golf ball is mounted on a Sterling Silver base which reads Atlanta Rotary Club 1935. It was awarded at a 1935 Atlanta Rotary Club event to a young ambassador visiting from England named Richard Arthur Miles of Milnthorpe.

Quite amazingly, this autographed golf ball trophy is referenced in detail by four different September 1935 newspaper articles: 

"Before the speaking began, the English guests were presented souvenirs of their Atlanta visit - silver-mounted golf balls autographed by Bobby Jones.-The Atlanta Journal, September 17, 1935

"In Atlanta, as gifts of the Rotary Club they received golf balls autographed by Bobby Jones and mounted on silver bases." -The Savannah Morning News, September 29, 1935

"a set of golf balls autographed by Bobby Jones." -The Atlanta Georgian, September 16, 1935

"golf balls, on silver mounts, autographed by Bobby Jones." -The Atlanta Constitution, September 17, 1935

6 3/4" tall on a 2 7/8" diameter base. 

Letter of Authenticity from James Spence Authentication (JSA)