Treasure hunters alert! Some very cool items are being sold at Green Jacket Auctions. But Arnold Palmer’s Masters Trophy is undoubtedly the crown jewel. The masterpiece. The piece de resistance.
Bidding on the Masters trophy started Tuesday at $50,000 and quickly escalated to $66,550 within four hours. It is currently above $73,000 and will go much higher before bidding ends December 10.
How did such an important golf artifact turn up on the auction block? Green Jacket Auctions explains:
It’s unthinkable to imagine that one of Arnold Palmer’s Masters Trophies could hit the collector market, yet here it is.
The story of how the trophy reached this auction block is both extraordinary, yet unsurprising. Arnold Palmer Enterprises still owns Mr. Palmer’s other 3 Masters Tournament trophies. This 4th trophy was intended to be part of an ambitious golf museum on the East Coast of the United States. When the financial crises hit the U.S. economy, plans for the museum were abandoned and everything was liquidated. This was the crown jewel of the museum’s collection.
Since 1993, the Masters has been awarding these “clubhouse” trophies to its champions. All past Masters champions were retroactively awarded trophies, which is how Palmer ended up with four of them: one for each victory in 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964.
This trophy is expected to sell for more than $250,000. Here are three other eye-catching items at auction:
- A Ryder Cup trophy from 1999, given to a past PGA president (current bid is $6,655)
- 1969 Open champion Tony Jacklin’s Claret Jug (current bid is $6,655)
- A handwritten letter from Old Tom Morris to the Earl of Aberdeen (current bid is $1,610)
These are among the highest-priced items, but with 850 items on the block, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to own a piece of golf history.
Try one of these lower-priced items:
- A 2008 U.S. Open flag signed by 15 U.S. Open champions, including Jack Nicklaus (opening bid is $100)
- Phil Mickelson signed golf shoes (opening bid is $100)
- The most famous Ryder Cup uniform shirt in history (current bid is $242)
- Jason Day signed PGA Championship golf ball (opening bid is $35)
- 2004 Ryder Cup referee arm band (opening bid is $40)
- Ian Woosnam signed 1991 Masters Tournament badge (opening bid is $35)
- 1999 Ryder Cup ticket (opening bid is $25)
- Gary Player signed 1965 U.S. Open badge (opening bid is $50)
- Various vintage pieces of golf equipment and balls (bids as low as $50)
Visit Green Jacket Auctions and see what gems you can find.