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September 10, 2013

Horton Smith's green jacket sells for $700K at auction

Posted at 12:17 PM by Josh Sens | Categories: Augusta National, green jacket, Masters

Greenjacket_300There are some things money can't buy.

A green jacket just isn't one of them.

Only question is, do you have $682,229.45 to spare?

That's how much the green jacket that belonged to Horton Smith, winner of the first Masters Tournament in 1934, fetched in an online auction earlier this week, according to New Jersey-based Green Jacket Auctions, which handled the sale. According to Reuters, the auction house says the jacket, which went to an unnamed bidder, is the most expensive piece of golf memorabilia ever sold.

Smith, who also won the Masters in '36, wasn't given the green jacket for his inaugural win until 1949, when the tournament's green jacket-tradition was born.

The single-breasted, size 43 jacket was long believed to be missing. But this past July, one of Smith's relatives contacted Green Jacket to say the garment was safe and sound.

And ready for sale.

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Photo: Gary Player's green jacket (Golf Library).

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