With his daring play and winning personality, Arnold Palmer set the gold standard in golf and had the Midas touch when it came to product endorsements.
In the four-plus months since he died, the demand for Palmer memorabilia has underscored the earning power his golf success and personal qualities begat.
In December, a replica trophy depicting the Augusta National clubhouse that Palmer had purchased to commemorate one of his four Masters victories sold at auction for more than $444,000, reportedly the second-highest price ever paid for a golf memorabilia item. And now an autographed pair of FootJoy spikes that Palmer wore on the way to winning his first Masters title in 1958 is for sale.
Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is auctioning the nearly 60-year-old black-and-white wingtips, which it received from the son of a man who became friendly with Palmer after serving as his personal pilot in the mid-1960s, according to a lot description on the company’s website. As of Wednesday morning the current bid on the shoes was $5,500; the bidding is scheduled to end on Feb. 25.
The kicks are expected to fetch at least $15,000, according to Heritage Auctions’ guide value. No word on whether Odor-Eaters are included.