Sunday, March 18, 2012

They Sold Trigger

A friend of mine sent me this.  Figured it was worth sharing.

The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO has closed its doors forever. The contents of the museum were sold at a public auction. Roy Rogers told his son, if the museum ever operates at a loss, close it and sell the contents. He complied.

Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction...

Roy 's 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500, it was estimated to sell between 100 and 150 thousand dollars.

His script book from the January 14,1953 episode of This Is Your Life sold for $10,000 (est. $800-$1,000).

A collection of signed baseballs (Pete Rose, Duke Snyder and other greats) sold for $3,750.

A collection of signed bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller, and others) sold for $2,750.

Trigger's saddle and bridle sold for $386,500 (est. 100-150 K).

One of many of Roy 's shirts sold for $16,250 and one of his many cowboy hats sold for $17,500.

One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625. (He never used a set of spurs on Trigger).

A life size shooting gallery sold for $27,500.

Various chandeliers sold from $6,875 to $20,000. Very unique and artistic in their western style.

A signed photograph by Don Larsen taken during his perfect game in the world series against the Dodgers on Oct. 8, 1953, along with a signed baseball to Roy from Don, sold for $2,500.

Two fabulous limited edition BB guns in their original boxes with numerous photos of Roy, Dale, Gabby, and Pat sold for $3,750.

A collection of memorabilia from his shows entertaining the troops in Vietnam sold for $938. His flight jacket sold for $7,500.

His set of dinner ware plates and silverware sold for $11,875.
The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.

One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.

Nellybelle sold for $116,500.

A fabulous painting of Roy, Dale, Pat, Buttermilk, Trigger, and Bullet sold for $10,625.

One of several sets of movie posters sold for $18,750.

A black and white photograph of Gene Autry with a touching inscription
from Gene to Roy sold for $17,500.

A Republic Productions Poster bearing many autographs of the
people that played in Roy 's movies sold for $11,875.

Dale's horse, Buttermilk sold for $25,000. Bullet sold for $35,000. He was their real pet.

Dale's parade saddle, estimated to sell between 20-30 K, sold for $104,500.

One of many pairs of Roy 's boots sold for $21,250.
Trigger sold for $266,500.
Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robinhood,
with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland? Well Olivia rode Trigger in that movie.
Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby. Roy bought Trigger on a time payment plan for $2,500. Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together. Trigger even out did Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie Son of Paleface in 1953.

So it's good-bye to Roy and Dale. It was a great ride through childhood.



  1. Happy trails and times those were back then Fodder. Always remember Saturday mornings with a bowl of Cheerios watching Roy, the Lone Ranger, and Hopalong Cassidy.

  2. As Yogi said, "I ain't over until it's over."

    Well, it's over, fer Roy and the rest. Oh, how sadly fallen!

  3. I am glad to have visited the Roy Rogers Museum when it was still at Apple Valley California.
    A treasure trove of memories from when the forces of right won every time and the guy with the white hat won the girl.
    But the pictures and memorabilia from Roy's life before Hollywood were a testament to the Depression and the "Okies" and all the displaced people of that era.To a time when justice was seen to be absent from America.
    If commentaries gave some time on how wrong things were in America before the New Deal, the occupy wall street movement would be recognized as the vanguard of the Modern New Deal that is so badly needed.

    1. Agree that a Modern New Deal is absolutely necessary but the Repugnantans have been trying to destroy the New Deal since it was passed. Now the Conservatives under Harper are trying to remake Canada in the ideal Rethuglican image.

  4. 60 and 70 years ago. A long time. Folks our age who were kids then remember but the younger ones don't.
    Long ago there was a story. Dad said something about Will Rogers, the kid said Don't you mean Roy Rogers and the grandfather said Who is Roy Rogers. That has moved on two generations since.

  5. I don't even know why but I think these prices are outrageous...

    1. A fair price is what the buyer is willing to pay and the seller is willing to accept. I would not have paid it even with the money but some folks thought otherwise. As the old maid said when she kissed her cow, "There is no accounting for taste". (My father's proverb).


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