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Extremely Rare 1999 Augusta National Golf Club Masters Green Jacket

Starting Bid - $2,000, Sold For - $16,800

Original Augusta National Golf Club Masters jacket once belonging to member W. Ron Alexander. Few, if any, awards in professional sports are as prized, recognizable, or more coveted as the green jacket bestowed on golf's Masters winner. Aside from those awarded to the Masters winners, the only other examples of this revered sports coat are those belonging to the actual members of the Augusta National Country Club, and they are never allowed off-site. So rare, in fact, are these jackets, that to the best of our knowledge fewer than ten examples have ever been permitted to leave the hallowed grounds of Augusta National. Among those are the jacket once belonging to Bobby Jones, which was sold at auction in 2011 for $310,700; an example which is on permanent display at a prominent southern golf resort; and a 1960s example that appeared as Lot 1311 in Robert Edward Auctions' April 2005 sale, which sold for $37,700. This jacket, like our previous offering, also originates from a club member: W. Ron Alexander. Ron Alexander was a member of the Masters Tournament Rules Committee in 2000 and is one of only three Scottish members belonging to Augusta National. The jacket displays the distinctive Augusta National patch on the left breast and retains all its original buttons (two each sleeve, three center), which are manufactured by the Waterbury Button Company of Cheshire, Connecticut. The main body of the jacket is produced by the Hamilton Tailoring Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, the exclusive manufacturer of the Masters jackets since 1967, and its distinctive manufacturer's label appears just below the interior right breast pocket. A label above the interior right breast pocket bears the gold embroidered lettering "Custom Tailored for Ron Alexander." An Augusta National nameplate, positioned below the interior left breast pocket, features the name "Alexander" written along the base in black marker. Located within the interior right breast pocket is a white manufacturing tag that lists the date of manufacture ("5/04/99"), the member's name ("Alexander R"), and production number ("342586"). No size tag is present, but it appears to be approximately size 40. The jacket is all original and in Excellent condition overall, displaying light wear. Unless you've got the game to outplay Tiger, Phil, Ernie, and Vijay, this may truly be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire the most coveted and elusive object in all of golfdom. It is one of the very few examples that can legitimately be sold. This jacket originally appeared as lot 1435 in REA's May 2009 auction, where it realized $11,163. It has been consigned directly by the original purchaser (who informs us that he has immensely enjoyed having this jacket, and has decided it is time for someone else to enjoy it as he has). Reserve $2,000. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $16,800

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