John Wayne's Estate Will Auction Off Costumes, Other Memorabilia from His Career

September 17, 2011 - 2:20 PM
John Wayne exhibit to open in NYC ahead of auction
John Wayne

In this undated photo provided by Heritage Auctions, a hat worn by actor John Wayne in the 1975 film,

NEW YORK (AP) — John Wayne fans will be able to see the eye patch he wore in "True Grit," scripts with handwritten notes and a Golden Globe he won when an exhibition of his memorabilia opens in New York.

The exhibition features 100 items from among 750 scripts, costumes, awards and letters that Wayne's estate is putting up for auction. His American Express card, his personal saddle and the hat he wore while playing Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit" will also be on display.

The exhibit will be Sept. 23-25 at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion on 79th Street. The auction will be in Los Angeles Oct. 6-7, but fans can place bids online at the Heritage Auctions website.

Wayne's real name was Marion Robert Morrison. He died in 1979.