Augusta National will award its coveted green jacket to the 2017 winner on Sunday, but there’s another Masters blazer that’s currently stealing some of the spotlight.
A tournament jacket from the 1950s that was discovered in a stack of blazers at a Toronto thrift store sold for $139,349 in an online auction earling Sunday.
According to the site that hosted the auction, the jacket was purchased for $5 in 1994. However, its journey to Canada is filled with uncertainties.
Though the Augusta National Golf Club confirmed its authenticity, according to the site, the group did not have an answer for the identity of the item’s original owner. The owner’s name was cut out of the jacket, which is one of the earliest in existence, but the unique patch of the course’s logo remains stitched to the breast pocket.
The bidding opened at $5,000 on March 22 and rose from $33,000 to over $100,000 on Saturday alone. The anonymous winner ended the bidding at $116,124, and an additional 20 percent is reportedly added as a buyer’s premium, bringing the total to $139,348.80.
How the jacket made its way to Toronto is also unknown, but the story isn’t the first of its kind.
In December 2015, a non-profit store in Houston found a Masters jacket from the 1960s in a pile of clothing, which it sold a few weeks later for an undisclosed amount.