Ever wanted to wear John Wayne’s eye patch from the original True Grit? Now could be your chance, as a host of the legendary actor’s belongings hit the auction block in October.
John Wayne Enterprises, headed by Ethan Wayne – the star’s youngest son, named after his character in John Ford’s 1956 western The Searchers — has put up an array of his movie memorabilia for sale. It is the first ever single-owner auction of Wayne’s personal collection. The effects include around 700 costumes, scripts, awards and other items belonging to the legendary Hollywood actor.
Wayne, who died of cancer in 1979 at age 72, starred in some of the most renowned films of the 20th century. He won an Oscar for his 1969 depiction of the wily one-eyed U.S. Marshal, Rooster Cogburn, in True Grit – recently remade by the Coen brothers. Although the award is not among the items for sale, the Golden Globe he also won for the role is listed at an estimated price of $50,000. Alongside it: a costume from 1949’s Sands of Iwo Jima (opening bid $20,000), a Stetson cowboy hat from the 1953 film Hondo (at $25,000), and an Andy Warhol limited edition signed print from the artist’s Cowboys and Indians series (at $20,000).
“We tried to create a broad, honest sampling of this guy’s life and all the stuff that he kept,” said Wayne, 49, on the array of his father’s items set to be auctioned. The sale is expected to attract widespread interest — Wayne is still big in the U.S. and was voted America’s third most popular film star in a recent Harris poll, behind Johnny Depp and Denzel Washington.
The collection will be on public display in Dallas (Sept. 16-18) and then New York City (Sept. 23-26) before the auction in Los Angeles and online (Oct. 3-6).
Interested in bidding? Check out the entire roster of Wayne memorabilia at Heritage Auctions.
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