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Item 132 - Donald Trump Catalog 504 (Jul 2017)

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Sold Price: $29,798.13 (includes buyer's premium)

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Donald Trump’s personally-owned and -used full set of TaylorMade RAC TP ForgedIrons, 3-PW, gifted to his personal caddie, Andrew Lombardo, at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Each iron features a True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 shaft with red-and-black Golf Pride Dual Durometer grip, and the hosel of each clubhead is engraved, “D. Trump.” In fine condition, with expected light signs of use. From 2004 to 2008, Andrew Lombardo served as Assistant Caddie Master and Director of Outdoor Operations while employed at Bedminster, caddying for Trump over 100 times from the day the club first opened until his resignation in 2008, including twice during the filming of The Apprentice. According to Lombardo, Trump exclusively used these irons for a two-and-a-half month period while playing with and against a variety of celebrities, powerful businesspeople, and golf professionals at Bedminster.

Accompanied by a notarized letter of provenance from Lombardo, in part: “The set of TaylorMade TP Rac’s with (D. Trump) engraved on them were given to Mr. Trump by the TaylorMade CEO Mark King at the TaylorMade Media Day we had at Trump National Golf Club - Bedminster when we became a TaylorMade club and the clubs were used by Mr. Trump for the rest of the season. 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 knew the first set of irons were special and so beautiful, they were the only set of forged blades, the first set that TaylorMade gave to Mr. Trump and the only set that had (D. Trump) engraved on them, all the sets after that I saw were cavity backed with (DJT1) engraved on them. 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…To the best of my memory, Mark King gave the clubs to Mr. Trump in August or September of 2004 or 2005.” Also accompanied by images of Lombardo posing with Trump, pro golfer Natalie Gulbis, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, as well as several others of Trump on the links; all were taken at Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster, with the exception of the Giuliani photo, which is from Trump International Golf Club, West Palm Beach.

Long before entering the White House, the Trump name had become synonymous with many of the world’s most stunning and bucolic golf courses. After premiering West Palm Beach’s Trump International Golf Club in 1999, Trump proceeded to amass a total of 17 idyllic courses in a span of two decades, with locations that include the Hudson Valley, Scotland, and Dubai, with another set to open in Indonesia next year. The 36-hole Bedminster club, slated to host the 2017 US Women's Open, has since become a stronghold for many notable Trump events. It served as the wedding site of his daughter Ivanka and Jared Kushner in 2009, and then, in the wake of the 2016 election, the meeting grounds for the presidential transition team. Recently, President Trump’s weekend golf outings—which have mostly been to his Florida courses, due to the weather—have been generating controversial headlines and receiving widespread media coverage. He made one long-weekend visit to Bedminster in May, and is expected to go there more frequently in the summer months. Supported by their rock solid provenance, these Trump-used irons are of the utmost rarity and represent the well-documented relationship between the sport of golf and the nation’s commander-in-chief.

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