A couplet of shoes in 1 trial worn yesteryear the famous racehorse Phar Lap has fetched $A25,000 at auction inwards Australia.
The shoes were amid 56 items from the Phar Lap collection of Dario Dicarla of Melbourne, which were sold inwards Abacus Auction’s sale of sporting memorabilia together with collectibles on May 19.
Phar Lap (October 4, 1926 – Apr 5, 1932) was a champion thoroughbred racehorse whose achievements captured the Australian public’s imagination during the early on years of the Great Depression. Foaled inwards New Zealand, he was trained together with raced inwards Commonwealth of Australia yesteryear Harry Telford.
Phar Lap dominated Australian racing during a distinguished career, winning a Melbourne Cup, 2 Cox Plates, an AJC Derby, together with xix other weight-for-age races. He thus won the Agua Caliente Handicap inwards Tijuana, Mexico, inwards track-record fourth dimension inwards his finally race. After a abrupt together with mysterious illness, Phar Lap died inwards 1932 inwards California, USA. At the time, he was the 3rd highest stakes-winner inwards the world.
His mounted enshroud is displayed at the Melbourne Museum, his skeleton at the Museum of New Zealand together with his pump is on display at the National Museum of Australia, Canberra.
The shoes that fetched $25,000 were an archivally mounted pair, 1 front, other hind, from Tommy Woodcock. Shoes are steel alloy, both inscribed ‘Wood’s/ Bolton Eng/ Pt 12609’, ‘8H’ & ‘Brookes’ (who was the alone farrier who shod Phar Lap inwards Sydney). The lot includes the master copy frame alongside a pic of Tommy Woodcock belongings the front end shoe, a missive of the alphabet of authenticity from principal farrier Dick Bell, together with a CD of Tommy Woodcock talking near the shoes inwards 1982. The lot was bought yesteryear Dario Dicarla at Mossgreen auctions inwards 2015 for $24,400.
The bridle used yesteryear Jim Pike on Phar Lap during the 1930-31 flavor sold for $9000. The archivally framed slice included a background photograph of Phar Lap alongside Jim Pike up. Originally inwards the ownership of Mrs Olga Pike, it was sold alongside the balance of Jim Pike’s gear through the Trading Post to John East inwards 1975.
In 1998 it sold through Scott’s auctions of Dandenong to Reg Howarth of Tahoma Stud. Sold inwards Cromwells auction to Scott Strahan inwards 2005, together with displayed every bit Lot 17 at the State Library of NSW Australian Icons demo inwards 2006.
Another race programme too fetched a skilful price, alongside the 1930 Melbourne Cup featuring Phar Lap’s 34th race selling for $12,500.
Other racing items sold at the Abacus Auction sale included a Carbine display, comprising Carbine’s horse-shoe, ex Auckland Museum, together with a slice from Carbine’s saddle strap, window mounted
alongside a photograph of Carbine, archivally framed. It sold for $4400, afterward existence estimated to convey inwards $2500. Carbine started 43 times for 33 wins, vi seconds together with three thirds. He was a leading sire inwards Australia, together with was thus bought yesteryear the Duke of Portland for 13,000 guineas. More than one-half of the 65 Melbourne Cup winners from 1914 to 1978 were descendants of Carbine, including Comic Court, Phar Lap, Rising Fast, Rain Lover together with Think Big.
A prepare of VATC silks alongside signatures of 33 Melbourne Cup winning jockeys who get got won 46 Melbourne Cups sold for $1350, afterward existence estimated at alone $400. Signatures on the silks include those of Roy Higgins, Mel Schumacher, Ray Selkrig, Jim Johnson, Midge Didham, Bob Skelton, Jim Cassidy, Pat Hyland, Darren Beadman, Greg Hall, Kerrin McEvoy, Corey Brown, Glen Boss, Yasunari Iwata, Michael Rodd, together with Blake Shinn.