Monday, September 9, 2013

Historic green jacket sells for nearly $700k at auction

Masters Jacket Tag Horton Smith

What kind of price tag does a green jacket have these days? How about a modest $682,229.45.

The jacket was sold Sunday by an auction host appropriately named "Green Jacket Auctions" in Denville, N.J. They claim the price for the article of clothing is the highest ever paid for a piece of golf memorabilia.

This isn't just any green-colored jacket, though. No, it is the piece of Augusta National lore that once belonged to the inaugural winner of the Masters, Horton Smith.

Smith actually won the prestigious event twice, first in 1934, and again in 1936. However, Augusta National did not begin awarding its famed green jackets to champions until 1949, at which point each of the previous winners were given jackets retroactively.

Smith passed away at the age of 55 in 1963 and was ushered into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.

His jacket was reportedly believed to be lost until a family member allegedly found it hanging in a closet last month.

The Horton Smith jacket is a two-button, single-breasted Size 43L and has his name on a tag inside along with the 1949 date. It’s believed to have been manufactured by Brooks Uniform Co.
Via Golf Channel

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