By Steve Hayes 30/03 Updated: 05/04 11:23
HISTORIC photographs of a legendary golfing father and son owned by a Stratford collector could fetch £350,000 when they go on sale.
The pictures, taken in the 19th century, are owned by Dale Concannon - who collects golf memorabilia - and he plans to put them on sale later this year.
They feature famous golfing father and son, both called Tom Morris, and were exhibited at the St Andrews Golf Festival this week before they go on a six month tour around the world - including at this year's Open in Royal Lytham, in July.
Mr Concannon purchased the incredible pictures from a woman living near of St Andrews, in Fife, Scotland, in the early 1990s.
Old Tom Morris had bequeathed the photographs to her family, who were friends of his, and they had been gathering dust since his death in 1908.
Mr Concannon only discovered the images when the woman asked him to value some old golf clubs for her.
Recalling the discovery, Mr Concannon, said: "They were lying under years and years of dust and dirt.
"We washed them down using a cloth we ran under the tap. When we realised it was a picture of Old Tom we were looking at, we felt incredibly excited."
The discovery of the photographs led to some branding them the 'golfing version of Tutankhamun's tomb' at the time.
Old Tom Morris was a golfing legend who won the British Open four times in the 1860s.
And his son, known as Young Tom Morris, was the game's first true prodigy - winning the tournament four times before his death at just 24.
After his father had scooped the tournament four times in the 1860s, Young Tom competed in his first Open at the age of just 14 and incredibly won the tournament aged just 16 in 1868. The following year he won again, with his father finishing in second behind him.
But tragedy cut his already illustrious career short in 1875 when Young Tom's wife died in childbirth and he died just four months later from a heart attack.
Old Tom continued to compete in the tournament until he was 75 years old - finishing inside the top ten on a number of occasions.
One of the photographs touchingly pictures the two together.
Visit www.oldgolfimages.com for more information on Dale Concannon's collection.
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