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Thursday 18 September 2014

Roy Roger's stuffed horse Trigger sold at auction

The preserved remains of Roy Rogers' horse "Trigger" and dog "Bullet" are on display as Gil Perez, right, a doorman at Christies auction house, wears an outfit and holds a guitar belonging to Rogers, at the auction house in New York. A Nebraska cable TV network ponied up $266,500 for Roy Rogers' stuffed and mounted horse

A cable TV network rustled up $266,500 (£172,000) for famed singing cowboy Roy Rogers's stuffed and mounted horse, Trigger, at a New York auction.

Trigger was bought by a Nebraska TV station at a Christie's auction of items from the now-closed Roy Rogers's and Dale Evans Museum in Branson, Missouri.

Trigger's sale price outpaced the estimated $200,000 it was expected to fetch. Also on sale was his stuffed and mounted Alsatian, Bullet The Wonder Dog

Present at the auction was Jamie Nudie, whose grandfather was the "rodeo tailor" who designed Rogers's colourful Western outfits, as well as Rogers's silver-dollar encrusted 1964 Bonneville convertible that sold for $254,500 (€197,000) on the auction block.

Mary Lynn Cabrall, a family friend, commented on the sale saying: "Roy always said, 'When I'm dead, skin me and put me up on Trigger'.

"If he got his wish, he'd be up here for sale today."

Rogers had Trigger preserved with taxidermy and mounted rearing on its hind legs in 1965.

Source Irish Independent

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