31 May '12, 7pm

Golf

Golf

On May 30, in Christie's top-floor auction room in the heart of Mayfair, London, the hammer went down on the final lot, no. 347, at 3:06 p.m. In a little over four and a half hours, Jaime "Jimmy" Ortiz-Patiño's collection of historic golf clubs, balls, paintings, silverware, ceramics, bronzes, books, printed materials and other ephemera, lovingly assembled over a quarter of a century and billed as "the world's most important private collection of golf art and memorabilia," had been broken up and sold off. The sum of the parts felt like considerably less than the whole. The highlight of the auction was the artwork. There was a frisson in the room when the second of two paintings by Sir John Lavery, a gorgeous 1919 landscape of golf at North Berwick -- to my eye the most beautiful thing in the collection -- went to a phone bidder in Asia for £241,250 ($376,350). The R&A's di...

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