Wayne’s “The Comancheros” hat starring in celebrity event

LOS ANGELES – Mecum Auctions, a noted collector car auction house, announces its first celebrity memorabilia auction with the inaugural Mecum Celebrity Items Auction, a two-day event at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., July 26-27, 2013. Mecum Celebrity Items Auction: Celebrating the Legendary History of Hollywood will display and present pieces of entertainment history focused on vintage Hollywood, western memorabilia, music and pop culture pieces, all with celebrity ties. Select items will be

Silverbelly felt cowboy hat, worn by John Wayne in his 1961 film "Comancheros." (Photo courtesy Mecum Auctions)

Silverbelly felt cowboy hat, worn by John Wayne in his 1961 film “Comancheros.” (Photo courtesy Mecum Auctions)

available online for silent auction beginning July 5 at www.Mecum.com.

Featured amongst the more than 2,000 items to be offered is a silverbelly felt cowboy hat worn by John Wayne during in the 1961 film “The Comancheros.” In addition, there are items from musicians, directors, authors, actors and actresses, including John Lennon, Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Nicholson, Roy Rogers, Evel Knievel, Frank Sinatra, Hunter S. Thompson, Jimmy Stewart, Burt Reynolds, Errol Flynn, Gene Kelly and more.

Additionally, a featured centerpiece of the auction is the 1,200-piece collection from John Hagner, curator of the Hollywood Stuntman’s Hall of Fame. Acquired over the course of nearly seven decades, Hagner’s collection consists of memorabilia including the red-handled leather-weave whip seen in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, the original 1943 Captain America cowl, and


Up for sale is McQueen’s famous truck, and two “Yucatan” custom-made trunks that contain the notebooks, storyboard illustrations and notes for “Yucatan” — a movie McQueen championed, that now, decades later, is in pre-production.

Several Steve McQueen items will be up for auction, including the “Holy Grail” of his movie career – the storied “Yucatan” trunks. Only three in existence, these trunks garnered a 2005 front-page entertainment feature story in the The New York Times, with the movie now in pre-production as a feature film starring Robert Downey Jr. The two trunks contain 16 leather-bound notebooks filled with drawings, storyboard illustrations, photographs and a detailed story pitch for “Yucatan.” Slated to be the follow-up to his racing epic “Le Mans,” McQueen worked two years (1969-1971) on the project.

Auction hours are July 26 from 5-9 p.m., and July 27 from 1-5 p.m. Admission is $20 per day (children 12 and under are admitted free). For more information, visit www.Mecum.com or call 262-275-5050.