John Wayne Collectibles And Memorabilia

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John Wayne Collectibles And Memorabilia

John Wayne collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the iconic Hollywood actor John Wayne.

Brief history/biography

John Wayne (born Marion Robert Morrison) was born on May 26th, 1907 in Winterset, Iowa, and died from lung and stomach cancer on June 11th, 1979 in Los Angeles, California.

Some of John Wayne's most notable films include True Grit (1969), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Fort Apache (1948), The Alamo (1960), and The Green Berets (1968), to name a few.

Types of memorabilia

Clothing/costumes

High Noon Western Americana in Los Angeles, California sold Wayne's western ensemble from True Grit for $27,000 in January of 2011.

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold Wayne's costume from Fort Apache for $20,000 in December of 2008.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold Wayne's "bib" shirt from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance for $37,500 in October of 2011.

Accessories

High Noon Western Americana in Los Angeles, California sold Wayne's Stetson cowboy hat for $75,000 in January of 2007.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold several of Wayne's vests which he wore in various movies in October of 2011. The highest-selling vests at the auction include one (which he wore in Chisum) for $65,000, one from True Grit for $30,000, one from Big Jake for $37,500, and one from The Comancheros for $20,000.

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas also sold Wayne's Stetson cowboy hat from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance for $35,000, his Cavalry Hat from The Horse Soldiers, Circus World The Undefeated, and Rio Lobo for $30,000, his beret from The Green Berets for $179,250, and his cowboy hat from Big Jack, The Cowboys and The Train Robbers for $119,500 in October of 2011.

High Noon Western Americana in Los Angeles, California sold Wayne's engraved Visalia Saddle for $42,500 in February of 2009.

Artwork

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold Andy Warhol's portrait of Wayne from the Cowboys and Indians series (circa 1986) for $65,000, and a John Wayne oil painting by John Decker for $60,000 in October of 2011.

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold another Andy Warhol portrait of John Wayne based on his performance from the Cowboys and Indians series for $110,000 in November of 2009.

Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold another Andy Warhol portrait of John Wayne for $40,000 in May of 2008.

Wittlin & Serfer Auctioneers in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida sold another Warhol portrait of Wayne for $47,500 in November of 2008.

Sotheby's in New York sold a rough Andy Warhol sketch of Wayne's Cowboys and Indians portrait for $45,000 in November of 2004.

Christie's in New York sold Harry Jackson's model of John Wayne from his performance in The Marshall for $30,000 in March of 2010.

Christie's in Los Angeles sold Harry Jackson's unfinished model of John Wayne from his performance in The Marshall for $156,500 in April of 1998.

Awards

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold several of Wayne's awards at an October, 2011 auction, such as:

  • A Golden Globe Award for his performance in True Grit for $120,000
  • An Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Certificate of Nomination for “Best Motion Picture” which was presented to Wayne for his performance in The Alamo for $24,000
  • An Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Certificate of Nomination which was presented to John Wayne for his performance in True Grit as "Best Actor" for $35,000
  • A People's Choice Award which was presented to Wayne for "Favorite Motion Picture Actor" in 1976 for $47,500
  • A "Living Legend" Award (with a "related" oil painting) which was presented to Wayne in 1963 for $30,000

Documents

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold Wayne's last drivers license (circa 1977) for $89,625 in October of 2011.

Furniture

Heritage Auctions in Dallas Texas sold Wayne's 1950s oak desk for $56,762.50 in October of 2011.

Guide for collectors

John Wayne memorabilia is considered a hot commodity for any Hollywood memorabilia collector.

Memorabilia that was once worn, signed or used by John Wayne in any of his well-known or popular films is considered to be the most valuable, but not necessarily the most rare.

Wayne's cowboy hat from Big Jack, The Cowboys and The Train Robbers which sold at a Heritage Auctions sale October of 2011 for $119,500 is a record auction price for a costume cowboy hat.

Restoration of clothing or hats that were once worn by John Wayne is not recommended.

 

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