Four of golf icon Gary Player’s nine major championship trophies have sold for a combined $574,843 at auction.
Golden Age Golf Auctions offered a selection of the awards given to Player following each of the events. Four others, representing major wins on the PGA Champions tour, were also sold.
Player’s 1978 Masters trophy was the top seller, netting $253,386 including the buyer’s premium. His 1974 Claret Jug for winning the British Open sold for $143,030, his 1965 U.S. Open trophy reached $97,691 while the Wannamaker Trophy he earned for winning the PGA Championship in 1972 went for $80,736.
Also sold were his 1997 and ‘98 U.S. Senior Open trophies ($30,326 and $12,860); his 1990 Senior PGA trophy ($14,147) and the one from his 1997 victory at the Senior Player’s Championship ($8,784).
According to the auction company, the trophies “were previously sold to a private collector to raise money for charitable causes.”
It was the first time they have ever been offered for public sale.
Player is one of five golfers ever to win the Career Grand Slam by taking all four of golf’s major championships at one point or another. The others are Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods. The 85-year-old native of South Africa won over 150 pro tournaments on six different continents during his playing career.