Once again, courtesy of Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine and Gator Emporium (and the Associated Press), news on the items that were auctioned off from now-defunct the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum continues to trickle in—including a tearful reunion of Roy’s beloved horse and beloved dog:
Rural cable network RFD-TV bought Bullet for $35,000 on Thursday and Trigger for $266,000 a day earlier at an auction in
RFD-TV owner Patrick Gottsch said the Omaha, Neb.-based network will begin airing old Roy Rogers movies on Saturdays starting November 6. The movie cowboy's son, Roy Jr., will introduce each film, as Trigger and Bullet stand in the background.
Well, what the hell can they do? They’re stuffed, ferchrissake…
Trigger's new owner said he's heard from thousands of relieved
"Over the last 24 hours, I've received so many e-mails of thank you, just wonderful letters, saying `Thank you for saving Trigger,'" Gottsch said.
With a Western icon on the line, Gottsch said the auction was heart-pounding. RFD-TV CFO Steve Campione sat at Christie's auction hall Wednesday night while Gottsch yelled into Campione's headset from
"We almost lost Trigger at $200,000," Gottsch said. "Steve couldn't hear me, and I was yelling on the phone, `Hit him! Hit him! Hit him!' and he was saying `What?'"
But they snagged the golden palomino after all.
Gottsch said children will be able to come to RFD-TV's new headquarters in
The other two preserved horses up for sale, Rogers' wife Dale Evans' steed, Buttermilk, and Trigger's body double, Trigger Jr., both went to private U.S. buyers for $25,000 and $18,750.
Elkies, the auctioneer, said it was the "most colorful, emotional and sentimental" sale she had experienced in her 20 years at Christie's.
According to Christie’s, the total price tag on all the auctioned items—more than 1,000—realized $2.98 million. No items went unsold, because…well, they lost their lease. Selling to the bare walls. No reasonable offer refused. Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera…
Auctioneer Cathy Elkies said
Pam Weidel, a horse trainer from
"I called all my cars that over the years. I'd say, `C'mon Nellybelle,'" she said.
Now that she has the real Nellybelle, Weidel says she's planning to keep it in the private museum of businessman John B. Haines IV, who is in the construction industry, in
I’m sort of bummed about that—I kind of had my eye on that jeep. According to Associated Press article: “At the end of the auction, the audience broke out spontaneously in a rendition of the Roy Rogers theme song ‘Happy Trails.’” (Sounds like from the take “We’re in the Money” would have been more appropriate.)
Anyway, I just thought I’d post this one because I can…