THE memorabilia market surrounding Augusta National and the Masters is almost its own industry but every so often a genuinely rare piece comes to market which creates a stir.
With the tournament just two weeks away it was no surprise to see such an item bob up this week at an auction house which specialises in golf objects, particularly anything Masters related.
A sign which hung at the front gate of the club in the 1960s was listed by Green Jacket Auctions with a starting price of US$5,000 but within hours reached above US$17,000.
The auction ends on Monday, April 4, so it's unknown how high the bidding might go but with only five bids made it seems the sky is the limit.
According to the website, which authenticates everything it sells, this is the second time the sign has come up for sale after previously hitting the market in 2010.
“Anyone who has visited Augusta, Georgia knows this understated sign is essentially the only indication that the hallowed grounds of Augusta National lay just beyond the hustle and bustle of Washington Road,” it says on the website.
An image of the original sign that is currently up for sale.
“This original Augusta National Golf Club entrance sign hung in front of Magnolia Lane circa 1960s.
“It was discarded by Augusta National many decades ago, but was (thankfully) saved by an Augusta, Georgia resident.
“That original owner didn't understand its value to the collecting community until he briefly posted it on eBay six years ago.
“That auction sent collectors into a flurry (and we would know, we immediately heard about it and had every intention of buying it), but the sign was quickly pulled from auction and quietly sold to a collector that made a substantial offer.
“Though we missed out on this historic sign in 2010, we are overwhelmed with the opportunity of finally offering it for public auction.”
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