The wool beret worn by John Wayne in 1968's "The Green Berets" generated the highest bid at last week's auction of the late actor's memorabilia and personal belongings.
That item alone generated $179,000 and led the
$5.3 million in total sales for Newport Beach-based John Wayne Enterprises at the auction in a Century City hotel. More than 700 items were sold.
"It felt like a great outpouring of gratitude from the fans for the opportunity to get something that had belonged to John Wayne," the actor's son, Ethan Wayne, president of John Wayne Enterprises, said on Monday. "It felt like a great success, not just for John Wayne Enterprises, but for fans as well."
Other top-fetching items included Wayne's eye patch for $47,800 and Golden Globe for $143,000, both from "True Grit"; his 1977 driver's license for $89,625; and his cowboy hat, worn in both "Big Jake" and "The Cowboys," for $119,500.