Trigger with Bullet in the background (AP)

Trigger with Bullet in the background (AP)

Wondering what to get that special someone?  How about Roy (The Singing Cowboy) Rogers‘ superhuman horse Trigger?  Stuffed of course.  Yes, just about everything once on display at the Roy Rogers museum in Branson, Mo (by way of Victorville, California) will be on Christie’s auction block today (that wasn’t already cleaned out yesterday).  Is a full-size horse with scary glass eyes too tacky?  How about Rogerswonder dog Bullet?  What about the cowboy star’s 1963 custom Pontiac parade convertible with fearsome bull horns on the grill and six-shooters above the headlights?  There’s something for everyone even if you didn’t grow up with Roy, Dale Evans, Trigger, Bullet, Buttermilk, Pat Brady and Nellybelle.  FLASH: As we went to press Roy’s Bonneville was sold for $254,500.  Too late, the gavel just fell on poor Trigger (he was 31 when he passed on in 1965) but he’ll continue to stud forever at a Nebraska TV station for $266,500.  Everything’s going fast but endless items are still available since Roy never threw away a thing.   There remains a burnt orange gaberdine lace-up shirt with thunderbirds, tomahawks, fringed yellow yoke and sleeves, pearl buttoned cuffs and an embroidered “dramatic Native American with headress” (and war paint) on the back.  Custom designed naturally by “Nudie the Rodeo Tailor.” Bids start at three-grand.  On a budget, or an actor/writer between jobs?  Check out the Hercules Bronze Spurs at $300.  Nellybelle the Jeep and Bullet the wonder dog ($10 to 20 thousand) are still waiting for new homes.  You can join the fun online at Christies.com.  And if you win a bid, do pay the bill because you don’t want to meet the guys they’ll send over to collect.


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