Bobby Jones' green jacket up for auction

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A green jacket that belonged to Bobby Jones, co-founder of the Masters Tournament and Augusta National Golf Club, will be up for auction in August.

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Jones' green jacket, which is said to date to 1937, might go for more than $100,000.   Special
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Jones' green jacket, which is said to date to 1937, might go for more than $100,000.

Heritage Auctions will put the iconic garment up for bid Aug. 4 in conjunction with the Chicago National Sports Show in Rosemont, Ill.

The auction house expects the jacket to fetch more than $100,000. Green jackets rarely come up for sale because Augusta National restricts the jackets from being taken off club grounds, and the only exception is that the winner of the Masters gets to keep it for a year.

"In the realm of golf, Jones' name reigns supreme," Chris Ivy, director of Heritage Sports Collectibles, said in a statement.

An Augusta National spokesman said the club had no comment on the upcoming auction.

The two-button wool jacket features a patch with the letters "ANGC" on the left breast. The initials "RTJ" are also sewn onto the jacket.

The auction house says the Jones jacket dates to 1937, when Augusta National members began to wear them. The idea was to have Augusta National members be easily identifiable so they could answer questions from patrons.

Winners of the Masters began receiving the jacket in 1949.

According to Heritage, Jones gave the jacket as a gift to the artist who painted his portrait that hangs in the Augusta National clubhouse. Thomas Stephens painted portraits of Jones, Clifford Roberts and President Eisenhower that hang in the Trophy Room of the clubhouse, but it is not known if Stephens was the artist who received the jacket.

The auction house said the artist sold the jacket, and it has a notarized letter that traces the chain of custody. A second letter of authenticity from former club photographer Frank Christian verifies the style of jacket as being the earliest of its kind, according to Heritage.

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broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 07/06/11 - 01:14 pm
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can we buy it with splost

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can we buy it with splost funds? bonds? there's gotta be some creative financing that doesn't have to go to a vote...

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southern2 07/06/11 - 01:33 pm
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Boy, this would be a great

Boy, this would be a great relic for the Augusta Museum's golf exhibit.

No_Longer_Amazed
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No_Longer_Amazed 07/06/11 - 02:07 pm
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Since "Augusta National

Since "Augusta National restricts the jackets from being taken off club grounds, and the only exception is that the winner of the Masters gets to keep it for a year" what is the point of buying it?

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 07/06/11 - 02:12 pm
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WOW! This is amazing. That is

WOW! This is amazing. That is a real peice of golf history.

Brad

iLove
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iLove 07/06/11 - 02:20 pm
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Im sure ANGC is NOT happy

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Im sure ANGC is NOT happy with this.

iLove
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iLove 07/06/11 - 02:21 pm
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It will be interesting to see

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It will be interesting to see who wins the auction. . . cough, cough, ANGC

csrareader
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csrareader 07/06/11 - 03:41 pm
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I don't think it would fit.

I don't think it would fit.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 07/06/11 - 03:46 pm
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I'd bid on it, but green just

I'd bid on it, but green just ain't my color.

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dickworth1 07/06/11 - 08:23 pm
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I sure hope that the Augusta

I sure hope that the Augusta National will find a way to be the successful bidder and bring Mr. Jones' green jacket back to the
national for its final resting place.

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Byron Eder 07/07/11 - 10:26 pm
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Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta National Golf Club and The Masters Tournament is the greatest in the world. I think the person and or the Auction House should work something out to return the "Green Jacket" to Augusta National Golf Club,where it belongs. What has happen to respect for the Tournament, The Club and it, members. I guess it is the greed and the society that we live in today. Byron Eder

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