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Green jacket from 1961 among Player items for sale

10/10/2002

LONDON -- Gary Player is selling his collection of golf memorabilia, including his 1961 Masters jacket and replicas of the four major championship trophies.

Christie's auction house wants to negotiate a private sale for
the entire collection, which includes nearly 300 items Player
accumulated during his career, and is valued at more than $5
million.

"We are not selling the collection by public auction since this would disperse the material,'' Christie's director David Llewellyn said Tuesday.

Player dominated golf, along with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, in the 1960s and '70s. In 1965, he completed a career Grand Slam.

Player, who began his pro career as a 17-year-old in 1953, won the first of his nine majors in 1959, claiming the British Open at Muirfield.

Some of the items for sale include silver replicas of the Masters clubhouse trophy, U.S Open vase, British Open claret jug and the Rodman Wanamaker trophy awarded to the PGA champion. The nine gold medals from his majors are also part of the sale.

The green jacket presented to Player by Palmer after he won the Masters in 1961 is also included. Player also won the Masters in 1974 and '78.