THE END OF AN ERA……. I RECEIVED THIS FROM A READER WHO KNEW I HAD PASSED THROUGH BRANSON MISSOURI ON MY CROSS COUNTRY TRIP LAST JUNE, AT LEAST I GUESS THAT IS WHY HE SENT IT TO ME. I CAN’T VOUCH FOR THE ACCURACY OF THE NUMBERS OR INFORMATION . I AM, HOWEVER PRETTY SURE THAT THE HORSES THAT WERE SOLD WERE STUFFED BECAUSE OTHERWISE TRIGGER WOULD BE AROUND 50 YEARS OLD! I’M NOT EVEN SURE WHY I AM POSTING THIS OTHER THAN A DOSE OF NOSTALGIA AND MAYBE AN INDICATION OF HOW CRAZY THE WORLD HAS BECOME TO PAY $104,000 FOR DALE’S SADDLE. IF I WERE A REGULAR READER I’D PROBABLY SKIP THIS POST:)
The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson , MO has closed its doors forever. The contents of the museum were sold at a public auction. Roy Rogers told his son, if the museum ever operates at a loss, close it and sell the contents. He complied.
Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction…
Roy ‘s 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500; it was estimated to sellbetween 100 and 150 thousand dollars.
His script book from the January 14,1953, episode of This IsYour Life sold for $10,000 (EST. $800-$1,000).
A collection of signed baseballs (Pete Rose, Duke Snyder and othergreats) sold for $3,750.
A collection of signed bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller,and others) sold for $2,750.
Trigger’s saddle and bridle sold for $386,500 (EST. 100-150 K).
One of many of Roy ‘s shirts sold for $16,250 and one of his manycowboy hats sold for $17,500.
One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625. (He never used a set of spurson Trigger).
A life size shooting gallery sold for $27,500.
Various chandeliers sold from $6,875 to $20,000. Very unique andartistic in their western style.
A signed photograph by Don Larsen taken during his perfect game inthe world series against the Dodgers on Oct. 8, 1953, along with asigned baseball to Roy from Don, sold for $2,500.
Two fabulous limited edition BB guns in their original boxes with numerous photos of Roy, Dale, Gabby, and Pat sold for $3,750.
A collection of memorabilia from his shows entertaining the troops inVietnam sold for $938. His flight jacket sold for $7,500.
His set of dinnerware and silverware sold for $11,875.
The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.
One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.
Nellybelle sold for $116,500.
A fabulous painting of Roy , Dale, Pat, Buttermilk, Trigger, andBullet sold for $10,625.
One of several sets of movie posters sold for $18,750.
A black and white photograph of Gene Autry with a touchinginscription from Gene to Roy sold for $17,500.
A Republic Productions poster bearing many autographs of the people that played in Roy ‘s movies sold for $11,875.
Dale’s horse, Buttermilk (whose history is very interesting) sold below the presale estimate for $25,000. (EST. 30-40 K).
Bullet sold for $35,000 (EST. 10-15 K). He was their real pet.
Dale’s parade saddle, estimated to sell between 20-30 K, sold for$104,500.
One of many pairs of Roy ‘s boots sold for $21,250.
Trigger sold for $266,500.
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