John Wayne’s movie-worn shirt, Roy Rogers’ eagle boots, and Tom Mix’s batwing chaps are among the memorabilia of the golden era of the Hollywood cowboy that will cross the block at Brian Lebel’s Old West Auction on January 21st in Mesa, Arizona.
Mesa, AZ – Hollywood cowboys are coming to the desert at Old West Events’ annual live auction of authentic western art and artifacts, including personal items from the some of the most famous film and television cowboys of our time. Among the notable collectibles being offered is a John Wayne shirt by Western Costume Co. that Wayne wore in numerous films (estimate $3,000-4,000); a number of personal items from Roy Rogers, including boots, hats and photographs; and many lots related to Tom Mix, both personal items and original lithograph posters. 439 total lots will be offered at the sale on Saturday night, January 21st, with pre-auction estimates totaling over $2.2 million.
“In our business we talk a lot about how we’re losing the audience who knows who Tom Mix was,” says auction owner Brian Lebel. “And people get nervous.” He goes on, “As long as we continue to value these rare collectibles, if we remember that they are artifacts of a period in American history, we won’t forget. Tom Mix’s career began over a century ago, these items are historic.”
All lots may be previewed on-site during auction weekend. Bidding may be done live, online, by telephone or absentee. The auction and preview are both free and open to the public. A full-color, auction catalog is available for purchase, or lots may be viewed online at bid.oldwestevents.com. The auction is held in conjunction with a weekend-long western art and antique vendor show. The show is held at the Mesa Convention Center; the auction is held at the adjacent Phoenix Marriot Mesa. Details, auction highlights, catalog sales and much more is available at: www.oldwestevents.com or by calling 480-779-9378.
Notable among the Tom Mix items for auction are his personal batwing chaps (estimate $15,000-25,000); a Stetson hat with its original box (est. $3,000-4,000); custom cowboy boots (est. $8,000-12,000); and a custom pair of Bob Baldwin, Canon City Penitentiary made spurs with Edward H. Bohlin straps (est. $20,000-30,000). In addition to Roy Rogers’ red-white-and-blue double eagle boots (est. $3,000-3,500), is an iconic Roy Rogers’ Nudie’s Rodeo Tailor outfit (estimate $5,000-8,000), and a Nudie’s hat with silver hatband that is inscribed by Roy to his friend, famed record producer, Snuff Garrett (est. $2,000-2,500).
Other Hollywood cowboys represented in the sale include Rex Allen, Tim McCoy, James Arness, Gene Autry, Monte Montana and Will Rogers.