Augusta National fights auction of green Masters jacket

7:20 AM, Mar 4, 2013   |    comments
Bubba Watson wears his green jacket after the 2012 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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DALLAS, Texas -- A hearing is scheduled for Monday to determine the fate of a 1959 Masters green jacket that was slated for auction.

In late February, Dallas County District Judge Emily Tobolowsky temporarily halted Heritage Auctions' planned sale of the jacket.

Augusta National Golf Club has sued Heritage to have the auction stopped, claiming that the jacket had been stolen by former employees and that it, like every other Masters jacket in existence, rightfully belonged to the club.

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Dr. Stephen Pyles, a Florida doctor who in 2012 anonymously purchased the jacket from a New Jersey auction house for $61,000, has filed documents that he, not Augusta, has rightful claim to the jacket.

Pyles, represented by Dallas attorney Mark Senter, says that Augusta made no objection when the jacket was auctioned last April, nor did club representatives return numerous phone calls in advance of that sale.

Pyles says not is the jacket his to sell, he also wants damages since Augusta's lawsuit "may taint the jacket's reputation" and eat into the $90,000 he was expected to fetch last week.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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