A set of golf clubs used by Donald Trump has sold for $29,798 at RR Auction.
The president wielded the TaylorMade irons, which feature his name engraved on them, during 2004 or 2005.
Trump has spent a month on the golf course so far as president
The clubs have great provenance, coming from Andrew Lombardo, the assistant caddie master at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey from 2004 to 2008.
“The set of Taylor Made TP Rac’s with (D. Trump) engraved on them were given to Mr. Trump by the TaylorMade CEO Mark King…the clubs were used by Mr. Trump for the rest of the season," explains Lombardo, who caddied for Trump around 100 times.
“The clubs were put in our bag room for the winter and next season Mr. Trump had a new set of clubs from TaylorMade…
“I waited for the right moment to ask Mr. Trump for the clubs, I personally asked Mr. Trump and he told me to ask the head pro (Mickie Gallagher), which I did and he said yes.
“I had the irons in my possession for about 11 or 12 years…”
While this is further evidence of the allure of Trump's personal memorabilia (his signed photos make around $900) that price is low compared with the £540,000 ($810,000) achieved for a set of John F Kennedy's golf clubs.
Donald Trump is a famously keen golfer and golf course owner.
During his six months in the top job, Trump has spent more than 30 days on the golf course. If the commander in chief keeps up that pace, he will surpass Barack Obama's 306 rounds by almost 200 – assuming he serves two terms…
Yet these numbers are low compared with Woodrow Wilson's 1,200 rounds and Dwight Eisenhower's 800.
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