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Dallas judge stops auction of Masters jacket

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A judge in Dallas is ordering an auction company to hold onto a champion's green jacket from the Masters golf tournament until ownership can be determined at trial.

Judge Emily Tobolowsky granted Augusta National Golf Club a temporary injunction Monday to stop Dallas-based Heritage Auctions from selling the jacket won by Art Wall Jr. in 1959.

Dr. Steven Pyles, a Florida collector of golf memorabilia, bought the jacket for $62,000 at an auction last year now wants to sell it for a profit.

He told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the jackets and other memorabilia from the tournament are in high demand and sell for thousands of dollars.

He contends that winner's jackets are available for sale. A green jacket belonging to the famed Bobby Jones sold at auction in 2011 for $311,000.

But Augusta National claims in a lawsuit that all green jackets are the property of Augusta National and that this particular jacket was stolen from its clubhouse.

Mark Senter, the attorney for Pyles and Heritage Auctions, said there was no police report to back up a claim of theft.

They dispute the club's argument that Masters jackets are supposed to remain there.

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