Isn’t it a bit odd that someone’s shoes are getting auctioned off? But then again this someone was golf’s first superstar and pivotal icon of the game. Let’s just hope Arnold Palmer didn’t have sweaty feet.
Anyway, the shoes are being sold by Heritage Auctions with an estimated worth of $15,000. They have Arnie’s signature on them, which raises the price significantly.
These specific shoes were worn by Arnold Palmer at the 1958 Masters, the first of his seven major championship wins. Palmer gave the shoes to his personal pilot in the 1960s, who passed them down to his son, who then met each other in 2004 where Palmer signed each shoe.
The 1958 Masters was only the third year of it’s life to be televised and this caused a controversy for Palmers win that is still debated today. Don’t remember? It makes his book “Playing by the Rules” seem a little ironic.
Arnold Palmer, who at the time was 28 and playing to feed his family, was a renegade before he had an “army” following him.
The story goes: Palmer had an embedded ball on the 12th hole at Augusta. Him and his partner thought he could drop to a clean lie. An official told him he couldn’t. He played the embedded ball AND a second ball, making double bogey with the first and par with the second. The rules official didn’t make a decision until the 15th hole (not much has changed in that area). They ended up giving him the par and the rest is history.
“There was never a question in my mind that I wasn’t right about the 12th hole. I was very confident that I was right and I played with that confidence.”
I have to say, that is definitely a significant moment in Arnold Palmer’s career and to own the shoes he wore while winning his first Masters is pretty darn cool. Is it bad though, that I keep picturing whoever buys them walking around their place with them on, instead of rightly placed in a glass case.
Heritage Auctions is offering three Palmer-related items during its Platinum Night Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction on Feb. 25-26. A 1974 painting of Palmer by Leroy Neiman, has an estimated price tag of $100,000.
Clearly, and something everyone has known for a while, Arnie Palmie is worth gold.
If you can afford Arnie’s shoes, you should check out the most expensive golf courses around the world too.