US Masters set to enthral as golfing collectibles come to the fore

Will this year's US Masters produce a British champion for the first time since Nick Faldo's victory in 1996?

Leading contenders Lee Westwood and Luke Donald are certainly hoping so, although there is the small matter of getting past the in-form Phil Mickelson, the current holder of the coveted green jacket.

Collectibles linked with the game's top players have a history of performing well at auction and a win at the US Masters helps no end.

Scottish artist Craig Campbell's portrait of the great Jack Nicklaus brought an impressive $29,000 at Bonhams in 2006 while a Bobby Jones signed photograph made $13,145 in 2010.

Will Lee Westwood’s stock have risen come Sunday?

Although Tiger Woods is a long way off the form that won him four US Masters titles between 1997 and 2005, his collectible legacy remains relatively untroubled despite the recent upheaval in his private life. This is in part due to Woods' reluctance to sign autographs, making signed baseball caps and golf visors highly collectible.

It's not just the big names that are popular with golf investors, Harry Woods' Golfing Curios, the first book on golf collecting, sold for $13,200 at a PBA Galleries sale in 2010.

So who will be triumphant come Sunday? We couldn't possibly say, but their signature may be worth a few more bob afterwards.


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