John Wayne auction fetches more than $5 million

October 8, 2011 - 2:45 AM
John Wayne Memorabilia

Issued in 1977, two years before he died, John Wayne's California driver's license sold for $89,625 in a public auction conducted in Los Angeles and online by Heritage Auctions, Oct. 6 and 7, 2011. It was among over 700 awards, costumes, documents and other memorabilia Wayne's family offered to fans in the $5.3 million auction. (AP Photo/Heritage Auctions)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Organizers say 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.

Heritage Auctions said Friday that the auction included items such as Wayne's last driver's license, 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 and a cowboy hat worn in "Big Jake" and "The Cowboys" fetched $119,500.

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

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