Lot # 26: Augusta National Golf Club Founder's Circle Flag Pole Gold Eagle

Starting Bid: $500.00

Bids: 29 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "Spring 2019 Auction",
which ran from 3/27/2019 6:30 PM to
4/13/2019 7:00 PM

This gold eagle famously adorned the top of the flagpole in front of Augusta National's clubhouse for many years. The story behind this eagle, and how it got here today, is the stuff of legend.

After the passing of Augusta National co-founder and Chairman Clifford Roberts in 1977, the club's staff noticed that the Eagle would inexplicably turn - as if following the staff's every move. According to the Augusta National letter accompanying this piece, the staff became uneasy and they felt that "Clifford Roberts was watching them as they went by the flag pole performing their daily duties." "The uneasiness of the staff caused the club to take a good look at why the Eagle was turning in different directions." Apparently the screw that held the Eagle in place had stripped! Augusta National decided to replace this Eagle with a traditional round ball. 

According to the letter, Augusta National General Manager Phil Wahl gave this Eagle to longtime Front Office Manager Judy Dabney, who in turn gifted it to a friend in the late 1970s. Accompanying this piece is a framed print (17" x 20") showing this Eagle atop the flagpole in the 1970s before it was replaced. 

The Eagle is approximately 16" tall with a 15" wingspan. It is mounted on a 4" marble base, making the overall height 20". Weighs approximately 17 pounds.

Letter of Provenance from Longtime Augusta National Front Office Manager Judy Dabner