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End of an Era: Roy Rogers Museum in Branson

The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, MO Closes its Doors and Auctions off the Contents


The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson , MO has closed its doors forever.
The contents of the museum were sold at a public auction.
Roy Rogers told his son, if the museum ever operates at a loss, close it
and sell the contents. He complied.

Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction...

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).

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

One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625. (He never used a set of spurs
on Trigger).

A life size shooting gallery sold for $27,500.

Various chandeliers sold from $6,875 to $20,000. Very unique and
artistic in their western style.

Roy's first boots

A signed photograph by Don Larsen taken during his perfect game in
the world series against the Dodgers on Oct. 8, 1953, along with a
signed baseball to Roy from Don, sold for $2,500.

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. His flight jacket sold for $7,500.

His set of dinnerware and silverware sold for $11,875.

The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.

One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.

Nellybelle sold for $116,500.
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.

A Republic Productions poster bearing many autographs of the
people that 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 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

One of many pairs of Roy 's boots sold for $21,250.

Trigger sold for $266,500.

Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robinhood,
With Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland? 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 out did 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 did teach 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 sex wasn't as important as love.
We learned how to suffer through disappointment and failure and
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.


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Comment by Tom Gorham on June 16, 2012 at 5:02pm

Ralph, it's the end of an era for sure.  And yes, it was a great ride.

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