Original Green Jacket from First Masters Tournament Champion Found and up for Auction

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Horton Smith’s Green Jacket is expected to sell for over $100,000 this weekend at Green Jacket Auction’s Summer Golf Auction.

"This is the green jacket that didn't exist" -Ryan Carey

Long believed lost forever, the original Green Jacket awarded to the first-ever Masters Tournament Champion, Horton Smith, has been found. The highly coveted item is expected to fetch over $100,000 at auction next week—one of the highest prices ever paid for golf memorabilia.

Last month, golf memorabilia auction house Green Jacket Auctions received a call that immediately sent shockwaves throughout the golf community.

“I think my family has something that people have been looking for,” the caller said.

Hanging in the back of the caller’s closet outside of Atlanta, Georgia was one of golf’s Holy Grails: the original Green Jacket from 1934 & 1936 Masters Champion Horton Smith. As it turns out, a distant relative of Horton Smith owns the jacket, which his family kept tucked away for many years, never knowing that the golf world was searching for it until recently.

The Masters Tournament began awarding Green Jackets to its Champions at the 1949 Masters when newly minted Champ Sam Snead and the 9 previous Masters Winners were first given their jackets. These so-called “Original 10” Green Jackets are among the most coveted pieces of modern golf history, the bulk of which are owned by Augusta National Golf Club or the World Golf Hall of Fame. But the Green Jacket awarded to the first Masters Champion, Horton Smith, has been “lost” for decades.

About the Auction

The Summer Golf Auction hosted by Green Jacket Auctions is currently open for bidding and will conclude on Saturday, September 7, 2013. The auction features an estimated 400 lots of rare golf memorabilia. Auction items, including the Green Jacket, the oldest known golf scorecard, circa 1822, and original Masters Tournament programs, circa 1934 and 1935 are available for photos and viewing in New Jersey. For more details, visit http://www.GreenJacketAuctions.com/.

About Green Jacket Auctions, Inc.

With offices in Tampa, FL and Denville, NJ, Green Jacket Auctions, Inc. is the largest online golf antiques and memorabilia auction house in the world. It hosts quarterly auctions of rare golf memorabilia, which are participated in by collectors and institutions from around the world.

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