Trigger, the wonder horse owned by movie and TV singing cowboy Roy Rogers, is for sale, along with the rest of the contents of the Roy Rogers Museum, Christie’s auction house in Manhattan says in its online catalogue.
Hundreds of items are for sale, including clothing, vehicles and two guitars, with some of the goods priced in the low hundreds. But Trigger is expected to draw bids of $100,000 to $200,000, Christie’s says.
Born in 1934 on a ranch co-owned by Bing Crosby, the horse was originally named Golden Cloud. Rogers acquired the animal in 1938 and renamed it Trigger after Rogers’ sidekick Smiley Burnette commented on how quick on the trigger the horse was, Christie’s says in its catalogue.
Trigger appeared in all of Roy Rogers’ 188 movies and the Roy Rogers Show on NBC from 1951 to 1957, garnering his very own fan club.
When it died at the Rogers ranch in Hidden Valley, Calif., of old age, Rogers decided to have it mounted and put on display at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, then based in California.
The Rogers museum later moved to Branson, Mo., and was recently closed. Roy Rogers died in 1998.
The auction takes place July 14 and 15.