Imagine the surprise and confusion when The Guild Shop, a nonprofit store serving the elderly in Houston, came across one of golf’s most iconic pieces of clothing.
A volunteer in the donations department of the store discovered an Augusta National green jacket back in late December before it was sold to a car dealer in Pennsylvania on Friday. The jacket is from the 1960’s and was authenticated by the Hamilton Tailoring Company, the brand which has exclusively made green jackets for nearly 50 years.
The Guild Shop’s executive director Gaye Jackson will not disclose the buyer or selling price due to shop policy, but she was told that the jacket would go for around $18,000 at auction. She said the sale “met expectations.”
This is not the first time a green jacket has gone missing. In 2013, GreenJacketAuctions.com sold a jacket that belonged to Horton Smith, the first winner of what would eventually be called the Masters. It sold for $682,000.