Recently, at Green Jacket Auctions in Denville N.J. Horton Smith’s green jacket was sold for an amazing $682,229.45. That’s an impressive price for sure, but when you take into consideration that Smith was the inaugural winner of the Masters, it starts to make a bit more sense.
Winner of the Masters in 1934 and 1936, Smith did not receive his two green jackets until 1949. You see, the tournament did not award jackets to its winners until that year, when Sam Snead took home the prize. The tournament went back to retroactively award the jackets at that time, to all winners from 1934 through 1948. Smith’s jacket from the inaugural 1934 triumph was long thought to have been lost. But a member of his family recently found the jacket hanging in a closet.
The winning bidder has not been identified as of yet, and I’m not sure if identity will ever be revealed. But it’s good to know that such an amazing piece of Masters history is still out there. I can only hope the new caretaker of the jacket takes precious care of a truly one-of-a-kind item.
Via: Golf Channel