Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

John Wayne auction raises £3.5m

Issued in 1977, two years before he died, John Wayne's California driver's licence sold for almost 60,000 pounds (AP)

A two-day auction of more than 700 costumes, scripts, awards and memorabilia from the estate of film star John Wayne brought in 5.4 million dollars (£3.5 million).

Heritage Auctions in Los Angeles said the auction included items such as Wayne's last driving licennce, a holster and gun belt from the film El Dorado, and an eye patch from the 1969 movie True Grit.

The green wool beret Wayne wore in The Green Berets, went for 179,250 dollars (£115,000) and a cowboy hat worn in Big Jake and The Cowboys fetched 119,500 dollars (£77,000).

The items had been kept by Wayne's family since his death from cancer in 1979.

A portion of the proceeds will be used by the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to help fund cancer research, treatment and education.

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