Phar Lap’s Cup winning shoe tops sale

A hind shoe worn by Phar Lap has topped an auction in Sydney.
A hind shoe worn by Phar Lap has topped an auction in Sydney.

A shoe once worn by legendary New Zealand racehorse Phar Lap has topped a sale of sporting items in Sydney.

The hind racing plate worn by Phar Lap when he won the 1930 Melbourne Cup, along with a picture and written provenance by the horse’s strapper Tommy Woodcock, fetched the hammer price of $A31,000 ($US23,800), or $38,037 ($US29,200) including the buyer’s premium.

A nail from Phar Lap's shoe from the 1930 Melbourne Cup sold for $4601.
A nail from Phar Lap’s shoe from the 1930 Melbourne Cup sold for $4601.

It was described as being in “exceptional” condition by the sales room of Lawsons in Leichhardt.

A nail from one of Phar Lap’s shoes, also from the Melbourne Cup ride in 1930, also sold for $3750 ($4601 with buyer’s premium), having had a pre-sale estimate of $4000 to $6000. The nail had been owned by Tommy Woodcock but was bought from him by Wolfgang Sicklinger in Emerald in 1977. It sold framed, and with provenance.

A bridle worn by Phar Lap failed to sell at the auction. They were the only equine items in part one of the sale “Boxing History – the John Roberts Collection”, which included many pieces of boxing memorabilia.

The next highest priced lot was Joe Darling’s Match bat for the 1899 Ashes cricket series, which sold for $15,951 including the buyer’s premium. Darling retired from cricket until the 1902 series in England, where he again took this bat, and it is signed by this classic team – including Trumper, Armstrong, Hill, Noble et al. Inscribed to the upper reverse by Darling to H. Clark as a gift for Xmas 1902 in Adelaide, it is also initialled on the reverse right shoulder by Trumper, who is known to have played with this bat (as did Armstrong) during the 1899 series.

A sale next week at Mossmans in Victoria also features several Phar Lap items, including a front and hind shoe, with a letter of authenticity from master farrier Dick Bell, and a recording of Tommy Woodcock talking about the shoes.


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One thought on “Phar Lap’s Cup winning shoe tops sale

  • April 16, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Looks like a FRAUD to me. the nail is at full length and has not been twisted off and clinched so if it did go in to a horses hoof it was pulled back out again with out doing it’s designated


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