John Wayne personal celebrity memorabilia collection opens for bids Thursday, Oct. 6

john wayne personal memorabilia

Highlights in the collection of John Wayne personal memorabilia include the iconic eye patch Wayne wore as Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit."

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – After a tour across the United States, The Personal Property of John Wayne, being offered by Heritage Auctions on Oct. 6-7 at the Century Plaza Hotel, Century City, Los Angeles, is headed for its final stop before crossing the auction block, giving collectors one more week to carefully consider their bids on the 745 lots in the auction.

Collectors can logon on to or to view the collection and place bids. To bid live during the auction event, collectors can log on to HERITAGE Live!™ and bid in real time with Heritage’s proprietary live Internet bidding platform.

Highlights include an iconic eye patch Wayne wore as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit, a Western saddle and stand that belonged to Wayne, his last California Driver’s license, Wayne’s 1969 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for True Grit along with a stunning variety of screen worn costumes, cowboy hats, annotated scripts and personal effects.

“My father’s fans were very important to him. He was open and accessible to them, and making these items accessible to the public is something that feels right,” said Ethan Wayne, President of John Wayne Enterprises. “Museums have large collections of my father’s personal property, and our family has had a chance to select and keep items sentimental to us. There is no need to keep this memorabilia locked away when it can be enjoyed by his fans.”

“The John Wayne collection is a time capsule of classic Hollywood and U.S. history that has remained carefully preserved by his family since John Wayne died 32 years ago in 1979,” added Greg Rohan, President of Heritage Auctions. “We anticipate attracting a wide range of people to the auction, from serious collectors and loyal fans to movie fans and the simply curious.”

john wayne's last driver's license

John Wayne's last California Driver’s license, dating from 1977, is one of many personal items up for bid.

Among the additional items in the auction are John Wayne’s Golden Globe award for Best Actor for his role in True Grit; costumes from such movies as Sands of Iwo Jima and The Green Berets; and more than 50 movie scripts from such celebrated John Wayne films as True Grit, The Green Berets, Stagecoach, Rio Lobo, Hellfighters and The Sons of Katie Elder. Many of the scripts are annotated with John Wayne’s handwritten notes.

Personal items include John Wayne’s cowboy boots and cowboy hats; saddle and stand; personal correspondence with U.S. Presidents and Hollywood’s biggest stars of the era; correspondence and awards related to his affiliation with the University of Southern California; John Wayne’s driver’s license, passport and American Express card.

john wayne's cowboy boots worn during the filming of "True Grit"

A stunning variety of screen worn costumes, cowboy hats, annotated scripts and personal effects from the estate of John Wayne includes these cowboy boots worn during the filming of "True Grit."

Pre-sale estimates range from $100 to $50,000 each depending on the item. Items offered in the auction will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Wayne family and Heritage Auctions.

The entire collection will be on display at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, in Los Angeles on Monday, Oct. 3 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Tuesday, Oct. 4 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and Wednesday, Oct. 5 (10 a.m. to 7 p.m.) before the first session of the live auction begins on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. The second session is Internet, mail and fax only, and will take place on Friday, Oct. 7 beginning at 1 p.m.



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