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Sold! Horton Smith's Masters green jacket fetches nearly $700,000
Series: Golf Buzz
Published: Monday, September 09, 2013 | 7:40 a.m.
We recently brought you the story of 1934 (and 1936) Masters winner Horton Smith's Green Jacket -- lost for years and then found -- which was up for auction at GreenJacketAuctions.com.
The auction closed for the winner of the inaugural Masters Tournament's green jacket at 3 a.m. EST on Sunday, Sept. 8.
The winning bid? A whopping $682,229.45 -- which GreenJacketAuctions.com says is, "the highest price ever paid for golf memorabilia."
The winning bidder was not identified.
Here's the description of the jacket from GreenJacketAuctions.com:
Augusta National first awarded the Green Jacket to Masters Champions in 1949, beginning with Sam Snead, and at the same time retroactively awarded jackets to the nine former Masters Champs that had won the Masters from 1934-1948, including Horton Smith. Those jackets are affectionately referred to as the "Original 10".
The offered jacket is that exact Green Jacket that was awarded to Horton Smith in 1949 -- the only one of the "Original 10" Green Jackets to ever be offered for public sale.
Condition/Notes: The jacket is in exceptional overall condition, with no important condition issues to note. Jacket is a two-button single breasted model. Size 43L, Model 357X jacket. Two smooth brass buttons on front of jacket, and single smooth brass button on each cuff. Amalgamated Workers 1949 Series tag. No manufacturer is listed, though this is consistent with other known early Green Jackets that are attributed to Brooks Uniform Co. Augusta National Golf Club & former Chairman Clifford Roberts have both been quoted as stating that these original 1949 Green Jackets were produced by Brooks Uniform Co.
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