Roy Rogers' stuffed horse top seller at auction

Fri Jul 16, 2010 4:00pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) -The stuffed horse belonging to cowboy actor and singer Roy Rogers along with his saddle took top dollar at an auction this week of memorabilia from the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum Collection.

Christie's auction house, which ran the sale along with Western auctioneer High Noon Americana, said the collection of items related to Rogers' and wife Dale Evan's roles on television and in the movies brought in $2.9 million.

Trigger, the palomino horse which Rogers had stuffed after it died in 1965, was bought by rural cable television station RFD-TV for $266,500, while his saddle fetched $386,500 from a private buyer.

Roger's stuffed German Shepherd Bullet, who was also the family pet, sold for $35,000, also to RFD-TV.

Other top sellers included Roy Rogers' 1963 Pontiac Bonneville and the Nellybelle jeep, an iconic emblem on the Roy Rogers Show, which ran on television in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum, which was based in Branson, Missouri was closed in 2009. Roy Rogers died in 1998 at age 86.

The more than 300 items included in the sale this week ran from Roy's sunglasses to a sterling belt buckle and a Roy Rogers directors chair.