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Tuesday, 8 October, 2002, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Player to sell memorabilia
Gary Player
South Africa's Player won nine Major titles
Legendary golfer Gary Player is set to sell his collection of golf memorabilia, including his 1961 Masters green jacket for more than US$5m (3.2m).

Auction house Christie's wants to negotiate a private sale for the entire collection, which comprises nearly 300 items from the South African's 50-year playing career.

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

"Christie's is confident that the collection will eventually find a good, safe and permanent location where it will be looked after and displayed to a wide audience of golf fans."

Gary Player
Player wore his famous trousers in 1960 and 2000

Player, along with Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, dominated professional golf in the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1965, he completed a career Grand Slam, having won all four Majors.

Player, now 66, began his pro career in 1953 at the age of 17.

He won the first of his nine Majors in 1959 at the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Some of the items for sale include silver replicas of the Masters trophy, US Open vase, Open Championship claret jug and the US PGA trophy.

The nine gold medals from his major championships are also part of the sale.

The green jacket presented to Player by Palmer after he won the 1961 Masters is also included. Player also won the Masters in 1974 and 1978.

Personal memorabilia includes the blade putter that Player bought in Japan in 1961 and used to win more than 100 tournaments.

Also for sale are the fibreglass-shafted driver that Player used to win the 1965 US Open and the black-and-white trousers he wore at the 1960 and 2000 Open Championships.

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