Going to an auction of John Wayne’s stuff could be pretty cool. It seems like it would hold a treasure trove of awards and cowboy hats, and gun paraphernalia. Much more appealing than auctions featuring figurine toys for science fiction fan boys, not that I’ve ever been to one of those or, you know, anything.

Organizers of the two-day John Wayne auction determined Saturday the event brought in $5.4 million in revenue. Not too shabby for some random crap belonging to a dead guy. Among the 700 pieces sold were Wayne’s final drivers license, which brought in $89,625, and an eye patch Wayne wore when he played Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 movie, True Grit. No doubt the eye patch was unloaded quickly, especially since True Grit is at a cultural high point after the Coen Brothers' remake last year.

According to CBS News, Wayne’s Golden Globe win for True Grit went for over $140,000. The prize for largest amount of cash spent, however, goes to whoever bought the green beret from The Green Berets. That thing went for $179,25o. Somebody really wanted that hat.

The John Wayne auction seemed pretty legit, and I hope everyone received a certificate of authenticity with his or her purchase. If there is one thing I have learned from the History Channel’s Pawn Stars, it is that John Wayne shit ain’t worth a half dollar if you can’t prove its exact importance. That’s a good rule of thumb we could all live by.

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