As Tiger Woods is competing in a event for the primary time in over 500 days, the irons he used to win four majors in a row from 2000 to 2001 bought at public sale for a record-breaking value.
The Titleist 681-T iron set that helped him win what is called the Tiger Slam bought for $5,156,162 at Golden Age Auctions. It shattered the beforehand reported record for golf memorabilia held by Horton Smith’s inexperienced jacket, which bought in 2013 for $682,000.
Todd Brock, a personal fairness investor from Houston, was the proprietor of the irons who put them up for public sale and says the cash comprised of the public sale will now go towards his basis. Brock purchased the irons in 2010 for $57,242 when former Titleist vp of participant promotions Steve Mata bought them at public sale.
“I’ve had them for 12 years now, and I have not advised anyone that I owned them. They had been in a very nice body in my workplace and I’m not an investor in memorabilia, so no person was seeing the irons,” Brock mentioned. “I’ve had the chance to see these for 12 years and it is like a Rembrandt, the place any person takes it to their citadel and it is by no means seen once more. I felt blessed that I received to hang around with them and have a look at them, but it surely’s time for any person else to do one thing larger and higher with them.”
Brock says he’s a Tiger Woods superfan, however the one different merchandise he had ever bought at public sale was a meet-and-greet with Garth Brooks. When the golf equipment got here up for sale, he thought he had a shot at proudly owning a holy grail and jumped on it.
At the time the golf equipment had been bought in 2010, Mata had submitted to a polygraph take a look at to show that the irons had been genuine. He handed the take a look at and Brock did some behind-the-scenes analysis himself, together with photograph comparisons, that made him imagine the irons had been actual. Golden Age Auctions additionally photo-matched the irons to show authentication.
Woods memorabilia, together with most different memorabilia, has continued to rise in worth. In 2021, Golden Age bought considered one of Woods’ backup Scotty Cameron putters for $393,000.