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article imageJohn Wayne auction makes more than $5 million

By Jane Fazackarley     Oct 10, 2011 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - A two-day auction of John Wayne memorabilia, which was held at the Hyatt Century Plaza in Los Angeles and over the Internet, has made $5.38 million.
The auction included more than 700 different items from his six decade career in movies and included scripts, awards, movie memorabilia and personal items. Among the memorabilia was the cowboy hat which Wayne wore in two movies, a Golden Globe won for his part in True Grit, and a Green Beret.
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Commenting in a press release, Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions, said:
“The beret that Wayne wore in ‘The Green Beret’ shocked the room when it brought the astounding record price for a costume hat of more than $179,000."
“The hat Duke wore in ‘Big Jake’ and ‘The Cowboys’ brought the astronomical amount of $119,500, a record auction price for a costume cowboy hat.”
Other items of memorabilia sold at the auction include the eye patch worn by Wayne in True Grit, this netted $47,800. Personal items were also included in the auction such as the last driving license to have been owned by the actor, this sold for $89,625.
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John Wayne died of cancer in 1979 and a percentage of the money raised will be donated to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, which was established in 1985.
Ethan Wayne, the son of the late actor, said:
“This was all about my father’s fans."
“It was important to our family to give his thousands of admirers the chance to own a piece of my father’s legacy. He loved his fans almost as much as his family, and now they will always have something to remember him by.”
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