Ten Valuable John Wayne Movie Collectibles

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Valuable John Wayne movie collectibles include posters, lobby cards, adventure comic books, autographed photos and costumes from such films as Dakota, True Grit, Island in the Sky, Stagecoach, Dark Command and Riders of Destiny.

John Wayne (1907-1979) still reigns as one of Hollywood's most beloved movie stars. Born Marion Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, on May 26, 1907, The Duke made his first film appearance as a Yale football player in Brown of Harvard (1926). Wayne's most popular films include Stagecoach (1939), The Shepherd of the Hills (1941), Sands of Iwo Jima (1949), The High and the Mighty (1954), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), Hellfighters (1968), True Grit (1969) and The Shootist (1976).

Here are ten valuable John Wayne movie collectibles that are sure to please movie memorabilia buffs. John Wayne – The Duke – riding tall in the saddle again...

John Wayne Texas Terror One Sheet Movie Poster

John Wayne spent years making low-budget B westerns on Hollywood's so-called Poverty Row. He plays John Higgins in Texas Terror, released by Monogram Pictures on February 1, 1935. A standard one sheet stone litho poster (27x41-inches) in fine+ condition on linen sold at auction for $334.60.

Texas Terror 1935 one sheet poster $334.60

John Wayne Blue Steel Insert Movie Poster

John Wayne appears as John Carruthers in the 1934 Monogram western Blue Steel. A stock insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in good/very good condition brought $537.75 at auction.

John Wayne Dark Command Lobby Set

John Wayne plays Texas transplant Bob Seton in the Civil War drama Dark Command, released by Republic Pictures on April 15, 1940. A complete set of eight lobby cards – once displayed in a theater lobby for promotional purposes – in fine+ condition sold at auction for $597.50.

Dark Command lobby set $597.50

John Wayne Dakota Pinstripe Jacket Costume

The Duke plays gambler/adventurer John Devlin in Dakota (1945). The pinstripe jacket worn by Wayne in the picture, complete with the personalized Western Costume Co. label, fetched $2,868 at auction. An 8x10 movie still picturing the Duke wearing the jacket alongside leading lady Vera Ralston accompanied the piece.

John Wayne Adventure Comics #29

John Wayne Adventure Comics published by the Toby Press ran from 1949-55. Issue #29 from 1955 in very fine/near mint condition sold at auction for $286.80.

John Wayne Autographed Photo

John Wayne autographs command big bucks. An 8x10 black-and-white movie still from Rooster Cogburn (1975), the sequel to True Grit (1969), inscribed, dated and autographed by the Duke brought $1,254.75 at auction.

John Wayne Rooster Cogburn signed photograph $1,254.75

John Wayne Stagecoach Keybook Still

John Wayne rocketed to fame as the Ringo Kid in John Ford's Stagecoach (1939). A handsome 7x9-inch keybook still portrait in very fine condition sold at auction for $119.50.

Stagecoach 1939 keybook still $119.50

John Wayne Signed Letter

An October 29, 1973, typewritten letter on personal stationary signed by John Wayne brought $1,075.50 at auction. The letter was addressed to Marjorie Nicholson of Reader's Digest, thanking her for the "loot" for the laugh in the November 1973 edition. Apparently, Wayne was paid for contributing a piece of humor to one of the magazine's regular columns.

John Wayne Island in the Sky LP Record Album

John Wayne plays Captain Dooley, whose transport plane crashes in the frozen wilderness of Labrador in William A. Wellman's Island in the Sky, released by Warner Bros. on September 5, 1953. An LP record album was released by Decca that year in which Wayne narrates music from the soundtrack. One rare copy in excellent condition sold at auction for $310.70.

Island in the Sky LP album $310.70

John Wayne True Grit Six Sheet Movie Poster

The Duke finally won a Best Actor Oscar for True Grit (1969), playing the cantankerous, hard-drinking lawman Rooster Cogburn. A huge six sheet poster (81x81-inches) in near mint condition soared to a top bid of $230 at auction.

True Grit 1969 six sheet poster $230

Credits

  • All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas
  • Top image: Title lobby card for Riders of Destiny (1933) $1,254.75

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