The final auction of memorabilia from the official Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum collection, including numerous personal mementos will be held in New Braunfels, Texas on Saturday, April 9th. The sale will be conducted by Robb Burley of the Burley Auction Gallery, an auction house renowned for high profile western auctions.
The final collection auction offers a chance for nostalgia buffs and serious collectors to own part of the history of the magical life of the “King of the Cowboys,” actor and singer Roy Rogers, and his wife Dale Evans, known as “Queen of the West.” “The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans items are directly from their museum,” said Robb Burley, owner of Burley Auction Gallery in New Braunfels. “We are very honored to offer the final pieces from the 50-year museum collection last housed in Branson, Missouri.”
The sale presented in tandem with Rio Grande Trading Company, features a life-size beautifully carved marble statue of the legendary couple valued at $10,000-$20,000, made from the very same stone as the Lincoln Memorial columns, his black felt Resistol hat from the renowned Edward H. Bohlin Shop, a pair of custom-made Double Eagle cowboy boots, a pair of engraved spurs, completely covered in silver, from the time he was making movies, and a gold and silver decorated double gun rig adorned with a diamond-shaped silver concho with his Double R brand in gold on each holster. The latter is marked by the maker, John Bianchi, known as the top gun leather craftsman in the world, and was presented to him as a personal gift by the maker himself.
There are a number of other very personal mementos including old autographed photos of performers and movie stars, jewelry owned by Dale such as gold coin earrings and pendant, business cards, anniversary gifts and Roy’s personal Nudie western suits made by the famous tailor to the stars, Nudie Cohn. Each lot from the museum will be accompanied by a signed certificate of provenance from Roy Rogers Jr who will be present during the preview and auction.
Also featured in the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum collection is a large collection of over 100 vintage Roy Rogers movie posters, western wear, bolo ties and belt buckles, vintage Roy Rogers toys, dolls and cereal premiums, Roy Rogers’ personal bowling shirts, trophies and awards, oil paintings and western art, duck calls, hunting and pocket knives, sporting and archery equipment (some used on his safari to Africa), his personal 1961 sixteen-foot Powercat Boat named “Trigger, Too,” and more will be sold to the highest bidder. All of the items from the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum are being sold absolute without reserve.
In addition to the Roy Rogers & Dale Evans Museum Collection, there will also be a select group of quality consignments featuring an exceptional Bohlin silver parade saddle valued at $60,000-$80,000 with matching silver-adorned parade chaps and gauntlets, a documented, lawman Buck Garrett collection with Smith and Wesson pistols, gold engraved pocket watch, pipe, and cuff link box; high-quality saddles, spurs, bits and related equipment collection of Johnny T.L. Jones, Jr., the owner of Walmac Farms, one of the most famous thoroughbred farms in the horse racing world, over one hundred firearms, antique Colt & Winchester guns, a Volcanic pistol, a Henry rifle, six Winchester 1866 Yellow Boys, Colt single actions, engraved guns, sporting guns and rifles, Navajo rugs, taxidermy mounts, early Texas spurs, wooly chaps, good marked leather, an R T Frazier saddle, F. A. Meanea chaps, a King Ranch saddle blanket, other Bohlin parade saddles, an additional Bohlin gun belt and pistols, Bohlin chaps, gauntlets, and buckles; original paintings by G. Harvey, Porfirio Salinas, Robert Woods, Thrasher and others, original Western art and bronzes, early horn furniture, and many additional items.
The one-day auction of over 700 lots will be held on Saturday, April 9th starting at 10:00 am at the Burley Auction Gallery in New Braunfels, Texas, at 134 Deborah Drive. The preview is Friday, April 8th from 12:00 noon until 6:00pm. For those who cannot attend the live auction, the auction house offers absentee, phone, or online bidding. For more information and a full catalog with photos visit Burley Auction Gallery, TX License. #15184 at http://www.burleyauction.com or call 830-237-3440.