BOSTON – American business magnate Warren Buffett’s golf clubs and custom NetJets bag sold for $39,671 in an auction conducted by RR Auction. The lot consisted of Buffett’s personally owned and used set of golf clubs. The online auction closed June 12. Buffet reportedly gave the set to the one-time fiancée of his granddaughter. Absentee and Internet live bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
The golf bag featured his name embroidered in gold on the front flap, “Warren Buffett,” with the logo of Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary NetJets on both sides; attached is a plastic 2005 Allen & Co. Sun Valley Conference tag, with affixed green labels, “Buffett” and “88.” Wrapped around the handle of each club is a Warren Buffett property tag, most reading: “Omaha Country Club, Warren Buffett, Omaha, NE 68152.”
The consignor noted: “The clubs were purchased for Warren by the director of the Buffett Foundation and given to Buffett sometime in the ’90s. They were his only set of clubs from then until now. The bag was custom made for Warren by NetJets (a Berkshire subsidiary). Warren personally handed me the clubs inside his home in 2016. He gave them to me after my clubs had been stolen. I was engaged to his granddaughter at the time and have had them in my possession up until this point.”
Highlights from the recently concluded sale included:
– Eddie Van Halen’s “Frankenstrat” Charvel EVH Art Series guitar played by the rock star at the Toyota Center in 2008 sold for $18,750.
– Albert Einstein hand-painted silhouette portrait of Einstein’s distinctive profile realized $15,678.
– Howard Hughes vintage pearl-finish signed photo realized $7,871.
– Benjamin Franklin document boldly signed in 1786 as president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, a position analogous to the modern position of governor, realized $17,500.
The Fine Autographs and Artifacts auction from RR Auction began on May 24 and concluded on June 12.