For sale: John Wayne's Golden Globe for 'True Grit'
The Golden Globe that John Wayne won for "True Grit" (1969) will be sold this fall by Heritage Auctions. Many items from the actor's estate will also go on the block, including one of the black eye patches he wore in "True Grit" plus costumes from "Sands of Iwo Jima" and "The Green Berets" as well as more than 50 of his personal scripts.
Prior to the sale, the items will go on display in Dallas, New York and Los Angeles between Sept. 16 and Oct. 6. To get a better, up-close look at the statuette's photo, click on the image at right to enlarge.
Expect the Golden Globe to fetch a minimum of $10,000. Back in 2004, I purchased the Globe won by "Ben-Hur" as best drama of 1959 for $14,000 in a competitive sale held by Julien Auctions.
Both Globes were omens of later Oscar victories, of course, but Oscars bestowed after 1950 cannot be sold. There are no similar restrictions governing Globes.
-- Tom O'Neil
Photo: Heritage Auctions