John Wayne, the American actor perhaps best known for the Westerns he starred in, died in 1979 at the age of 72. Thirty years later he remains as popular as ever – earlier this year, a Harris poll named him as the third most popular actor in the United States (coming in behind Johnny Depp and Denzel Washington). His fans are in for a real treat – his family members are putting up for auction a collection of Wayne’s personal belongings.
The auction, which is being run by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas is the first single-owner auction of Wayne’s belongings since his death. The 700 items available include the Golden Globe award that Wayne won for “True Grit”, a Stetson cowboy hat that he wore in “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance”, and a costume from “Sands of Iwo Jima”. Wayne’s family’s explanation for putting the items up for auction is that his fans had always been tremendously important to him and this was the family’s way of trying to maintain the connection.
For those interested, public exhibitions of the items will occur in New York and Dallas in mid/late September. An exhibit and the auction itself will happen in Los Angeles October 3 – 6. Online bidding is also available.