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  • Great...and we'll leave a light on, too! dukewayne.com/index.php?attach…c63caef07719a5d02b41463c3

  • Yes! Should I lock the doors??? (hiding all my John Wayne stuff)

  • Never noticed you were that close to me, Kevin. I am in Douglasville. rick

  • I know well the folks who run that auction and I attribute it more to expediency than anything suspect. I wish they would use the online catalog to post images of every label and diagnostic characteristic of each lot, but they do not. Caren pretty much does it all on her own, and there are just too many lots in a two day sale (plus an online only offering) for one person to do. To answer your question, I do no think the hat sold is the 'Lucky Hat' so many of us are aware of. If, the paperwork ha…

  • Yes, surprisingly low, but stranger yet the hat was estimated at $30K to $50K but opened at only $8K. It received but one advance and hammered for $8500. No paperwork was published with the description, yet they were claiming it was essentially the famed 'lucky hat' that I last heard was in Gretchen's hands. They claimed an image exists of it in situ at the Duke's residence, but it was not online or on the catalog.

  • Yes. It enlarges rather well. Also, FOX produced the DANIEL BOONE TV series in the 1960s. That would sure be on my watch list to see if the piece shows up as set dressing or a guest star's weapon. You're lucky it's distinctive appearance should make it easy to spot. Pity, the Colt Peacemaker owner with no paperwork.

  • Sorry, it has been years since I saw Joe. I was working in LA when he came to see me about a John Wayne hat and stockade jacket. Maybe, others here can be of help or an inquiry to the IATSE or his local. Once a prop is in house, no matter how unique, it will find reuse. I have a houseful of such pieces; some in more than five films. I agree the carvings make it hard to consider anything but THE BIG TRAIL, but FOX did other historical films as DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK (1939,) and more, where long r…

  • I watched that sale with great interest. Some of the guns were not as claimed, but I did not look closely into yours. I know Joe Musso had such a rifle years ago and sold it -is this that one? A letter from him will go far, but I still have doubts about the ones he has issued for swords, as one can not tell one from another where WCC had 1000s. I know much about FOX inventory numbers used on their props and costumes, but have handled few firearms which do not conform to that numbering system. I …

  • Good advice, for the most part, except SOTHEBY'S no longer does general memorabilia sales - opting instead for single owner estates in excess of $1.5M. Most of the larger houses have per lot minimums or want only original items. I am unsure of what exactly your father collected. If, they are items touched by Wayne, then they are easily coveted. But, if you are referring to all the plates, mugs, guns and other commercially made products, they will most likely not make the grade at the big auction…

  • Welcome, New Members!

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    Thank you, Kevin.

  • The Bounty Hunter (1954)

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    Actually, the retiring art director had little knowledge of that period in the Studio's history, so the pieces were all unidentified, which meant a reasonable amount. Certainly, items from Duke's films do sell for large amounts. I am hoping there will be a handful of items in the Bob Shelton estate which will come to market next year.

  • The Bounty Hunter (1954)

    stairstars - - Randolph Scott

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    Recently, in a large batch of WB art department drawings sold, was the map he uses in the film:

  • Welcome, New Members!

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    Thanks! I did keep the best piece that I joke to family I want to be buried in - but at 5'5" (insert short joke here _____) it is not practical. But, in case of a fire, it would be the first one out..err...other than the wife. I will look for a costume thread here or start one if it is lacking. I would love to see what members here have as well.

  • Welcome, New Members!

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    Hi I'm Rick Spector. I collect vintage film memorabilia and have had many pieces from Duke. I helped catalog the estate sale in 2011. Not here to do any business, as I am retired for the most part, but like to hear and see what other fans think and feel after all these years. So much of Western film history seems to be missing the newer generations, although it appears John Wayne is immune to that.

  • I share your passion for Bond and the Duke. I am not an historian, but a collector. Just recently, I finally filled that big empty hole in my collection with this: index.php Can't tell you how thrilled I was to get it, however, it is not without flaws. As with most costumes that went back to Western, it has been slightly altered, in that it was changed to being single breasted. No real issue, as he wears it belted open in most of the last part of the film.

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