Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Does This Qualify as an Ignominious End?

That palomino horse of black and white TV fame is on the block. The auction block, that is. At Christie's auction house.

Perhaps you are too young to remember black and white TV. And definitely too young to remember Roy Rogers and Dale Evans and their horses, Trigger and Buttermilk. And, hence, you have no clue about the smartest and most beautiful horse in show biz. So here's the info....

Roy Rogers' famous horse Trigger died in 1965 one day short of 31 years old. It seemed a bit quirky to me that they had Trigger stuffed and put on display at the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum in Victorville, California. But I'm guessing visitors to the museum didn't question the oddness of that...their point in visiting was to see memorabilia and I guess Trigger had become "memorabilia". After starring in countless TV episodes and numerous movies, he was now just a stuffed animal. On display. Weird. Quirky. But museum worthy to fans of yesteryear's Hollywood westerns.

If you have a few extra dollars in your jeans pocket and a hankering for something unusual in your (very large) living room, trot on over to Christie's and place a bid. Trigger is estimated to fetch up to $200,000. And if you can't afford Trigger, his doggy companion Bullet is estimated to fetch $10-$15,000. A comparative bargain considering Bullet won't take up the space occupied by your sofa/coffee-table/end tables.

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8 comments:

The Old Geezer said...

Thanks for the memories. Roy Rogers was one of my favorite TV cowboys when I was growing up in the 1950s. Gene Autry and the Lone Ranger were also high on my list.

Mrs. Spit said...

"Expected to fetch?"

Oh, groan. . .

Also, I can't believe someone would roll over and pay that price. They must be barking mad.

S. Etole said...

Think I'll just stick with the memories ...

Linda said...

I remember Trigger and Buttercup. I think the dog's name was Bullet. There was a guy who drove a jeep and the jeep had a name also. I could never figure out why there was one jeep and everyone else rode horses.

Debby said...

No thanks. Tim has enough dead animals decorating the place up.

Kelly said...

Interesting!

Our local sheriff's department has a stuffed German Shepherd Dog on display in a glass case. It always fascinated me as a child (which tells you it's been there a looooong time!).

Dorothy said...

You mean if I ever get to the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum, Trigger's not going to be there?! Or Bullet either?

Elle Bee said...

Oh wow, that's a lot of money! But a treasure to some I'm sure. For me, this is in the 'before my time' category. I have a foggy early memory of the day my parents installed our first microwave. That was a big day. :o)