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Fore! Clubs sold for £120k

A collector in Edinburgh has sold 7000 antique golf clubs to a Chinese businessman for £120,000.

The haul is thought to be the largest-ever collection of hickory clubs, with all the items dating back to before 1930.

John Dixon, of Leith-based dealers Georgian Antiques, picked up the putters, drivers and irons over a period of 12 years from auctions and specialist shops.

Now, the dealer is planning on starting a fresh collection after fetching the huge price from a Chinese entrepreneur.

Mr Dixon, 51, said: "He sampled the clubs and spent a lot of time looking at every one of them and when he saw how unique a collection it was the deal was done."

All 7000 clubs were made in Scotland between 1890 and 1930 and are being shipped to China in bundles of 20.

Mr Dixon, who has been running the Leith-based antique business with his brother Padraig for 30 years, said the clubs would all need to be restored. He added: "But when they are ready, there is a massive attraction in using them."

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Source: Evening News, 2nd April, 2009