Western museum collection reins in $2.9M


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The saleroom burst into song when the hand drawn lyrics, of the famous song went up for bid. The lyrics sold for $22,000. Photo courtesy Christie's and High Noon Auctions

NEW YORK — The remarkable sale of The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection was 100 percent sold and realized $2.9 million on July 14th  and 15th, 2010, in association with Christie’s.

The auction included over 300 iconic lots from the King of the Cowboys and Queen of the West. This historic sale featured unprecedented prices for a diverse array of Western Americana, such as the 1963 Pontiac Bonneville ($254,500), the Nellybelle jeep ($116,500), a variety of hats and boots, and costumes made by Nudie the Rodeo Tailor.

Trigger, likely the most famous horse in the world, sold for an astounding $266,500 and the Edward H. Bohlin Saddle designed for Trigger, Jr. reined in over $240,000. Overall, these pieces of American History brought between two and up to ten times their estimate.

Linda Kohn and Joseph Sherwood of High Noon Western Americana added: “We were thrilled that the collection has found its way into homes of Roy and Dale fans around the world insuring that their legacy continues. The highlight of the week was the saleroom’s spontaneous round of “Happy Trails” sung at the conclusion of the auction.” Even the original hand drawn music and lyrics to this famous song sold for $27,500.

Cathy Elkies, Director of Iconic Collections said: “This highly anticipated event brought out thousands of Roy and Dale fans whose emotions and memories flooded our galleries. We were privileged to handle a collection that resonated so deeply with so many people.” ?



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Roy (Dusty) Rogers, Jr., welcomes bidders and fans to the auction in New York on July 14, 2010.
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A glimpse of the grandeur of the preview display befitting the legendary icons.

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