John Wayne's ‘Green Beret’ Brings $179,250 in a $5.38 Million Record-Breaking Event at Heritage Top items sold at John Wayne Auction in Los Angeles include screen-worn beret from The Green Berets at $179,250; Golden Globe Award for True Grit at $143,400; cowboy hat from Big Jake and The Cowboys
Grit.” In a recent Harris Poll listing of America’s favorite movie stars, John Wayne ranks third, and has never been out of the top 10 since the poll’s inception.
Other highlights of the auction include, but certainly are not limited to:
A Nudie's Cowboy Hat from “Rooster Cogburn”: Universal, 1975. Made of black felt, elaborate braided brown leather and twine hatband, leather twine chin strap, inside stamped "Nudie's / Rodeo Tailors / North Hollywood / California," inside crown reads "Resistol Self-Conforming Western," worn as Wayne portrayed the title character in the film that co-starred Katharine Hepburn. Realized: $77,675.
A Holster and Gun Belt from “El Dorado”: Paramount, 1966. Both made of brown leather, belt with thirty cartridge loops and a silver metal square-shaped buckle, twine detailing on both holster and belt, with evident heavy wear; likely worn in other films as well. Realized: $77,675.
An Andy Warhol Limited Edition Signed Print from the 'Cowboys and Indians' Series, 1986: Titled 'John Wayne,' numbered and signed in pencil in the lower right hand corner "221/250 Andy Warhol." Realized: $77,675.
An Eye Patch from “True Grit”: Paramount Pictures, 1969. Made of black leather with fine wire mesh covering a cut-out hole; makeup residue still evident on inside patch; one of many worn by Wayne throughout the film as he portrayed the iconic character, "Rooster Cogburn." According to Luster Bayless [Wayne's longtime costumer] in the 1996 book, "Duke, We're Glad We Knew You" by Herb Fagen, "...Duke...needed a fresh (eye) patch every day. Each morning he'd check the thing to see if there was any makeup inside it." Realized: $47,800.
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