It’s true what they say – one person’s junk can be another person’s treasure. And in this case, it could very well be a little slice of history.
The mystery surrounding an authentic green jacket from Augusta National Golf Club, once purchased for five dollars at a Toronto thrift store, stoked the enthusiasm of collectors and drove its sale at auction for more than $139,000 U.S. over the weekend.
The distinctive sport coat is presented each year to the Masters winner, which only makes the timing of this tale all the more ironic, as Sergio Garcia won 2017’s jacket on Sunday.
The jacket, purchased in 1994 at a Goodwill store in T.O., has the original owner’s name cut out. The man who took it home knew the significance of the garment,and sold it shortly afterwards to a golf journalist in the United Kingdom for “a very reasonable amount of money”. The British journalist held on to it until it was finally put up for auction over the weekend.
The auction house has sold several similar jackets over the years, with jackets from club members usually going for about $20,000. But the mystery surrounding this jacket was likely the reason for the the value to skyrocket several hundred percent. Why was it in a Canadian thrift store? Why was the name cut out – was there something to hide? Whose WAS it?
The questions will probably never be answered – but it makes you want to hit a thrift store and do some digging, doesn’t it? ~ Jason