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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Fascinating collection of golf objects for auction in Christie’s London

A unique auction featuring the lifelong collection of one of the world’s greatest golf aficionados and entrepeneurs will take place on 30th May in Christie’s London saleroom. The auction is called “Origins of Golf: The Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Collection”.

Fascinating collection of golf objects for auction in Christie's London
The renowned golf aficionado and entrepreneur became a legend in the field of golf when he took over the now celebrated Valderrama Golf Club located in Sotogrande, South Spain, making it a venue for the Ryder Cup.

It is a well-known fact that Patiño is a perfectionist and so it is not wonder that under his leadership this stunning golf course found not far from Marbella has turned into one of Europe’s leading clubs, with keen players from all over the world listed on its waiting lists.

Fascinating collection of golf objects for auction in Christie's LondonThe authentic collection of objects for auction spans golf balls, clubs, paintings, images, books, artwork and various unique objects – all of which follow the history of the reputable sport through the 19th and 20th centuries including some things that originate from the sport’s roots in the 16th century.

It is disputable still as to the true origin of the sport of golf. A similar game was supposedly played by the Indians of North America, whilst in The Netherlands on their frozen lakes and canals a game that combines golf and ice hockey paved the way for what was to form modern golf.

Golf as we know it today emerged in the lush fields of Scotland. A sport that is closely associated with Scotland in particular but also with Britain, the game of golf has now taken over Europe, America and the rest of the world. It has an audience in all parts of the world and therefore can be called an international sport, yet even though is has turned into a huge business, golf retains a charm of an earlier age – something that makes it very appealing.

Fascinating collection of golf objects for auction in Christie's London
It would be near impossible to find a more fascinating and cultivated ensemble of memorabilia, and the venue are contending with serious interest from golf enthusiasts worldwide. Given the origins of the collection it is not hard to understand why.

Christie’s press release can be found here and the catalogue for the auction can be found here.

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