Roy Rogers Museum Closed; Memorabilia Sold

A time in history, never to be seen again, but what a ride it was.


The Roy Rogers Museum has closed its doors forever.  Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction:

Roy's 1964 Bonneville
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)

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

  • 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.  I never knew he was there.  His flight jacket sold for $7,500.
  • One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625. (He never used a set of spurs on Trigger.)
  • A life-sized 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 October 8, 1953, along with a signed baseball to Roy from Don, sold for $2,500.
  • His set of dinnerware plates and silverware sold for $11,875.  The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.
Roy Rogers Guitars
One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.
  • 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.
Nellybelle sold for $116,500.
  • A Republic Productions Poster bearing many autographs of the people who played in Roy ‘s movies sold for 11,875.
  • Dale’s horse, Buttermilk (whose history is very interesting) sold below the presale estimate for $25,000 (est. 30-40 K).
Bullet (taxidermied dog)
Bullet (taxidermied dog) sold for $35,000 (est. 10-15 K). 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 (taxidermied horse
Trigger (taxidermied horse) sold for $266,500.

Do you remember the 1938 movie called “The Adventures of Robin Hood” 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 outdid Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie Son of Paleface in 1953.

It is extremely sad to see this era lost forever.  Despite the fact that Gene and Roy ‘s movies, as well as those of other great characters, can be bought or rented for viewing, today’s kids would rather spend their time playing video games.  Today it takes a very special pair of parents to raise their kids with the right values and morals.  These were the great heroes of our childhood, and they taught us right from wrong and how to have and show respect for each other and the animals that share this earth.

You and I were born at the right time. We were able to grow up with these great people, even if we never met them.  In their own way, they taught us patriotism and honor; we learned that lying and cheating were bad and that sex wasn’t as important as love.  We learned how to suffer through disappointment and failure and to work through it.  Our lives were drug-free.

So it’s good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy, The Lone Ranger and Tonto.  Farewell to Sky King and Superman and Sgt. Friday.
Thanks to Capt. Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers, and Capt. Noah and all those people whose lives touched ours and made them better.

It was a great ride through childhood.

Mark Twain