Posted: Monday, July 14, 2014 1:44 pm |Updated: 1:12 am, Tue Jul 15, 2014.
Bidding on the powder-blue shirt and trousers, hat, holster and Colt sidearms made famous by “The Lone Ranger” television series in the 1950s hit a lull at about $100,000, then took off like a silver bullet, eventually bringing $195,000 for the estate of longtime Waco businessman Robert E. Davis.
The Ranger outfit, worn by actor Clayton Moore when he made appearances as the character after the series ended, highlighted the sale hosted by A&S Auction, attracting buyers from around the state to Waco and from around the country by phone.
When the counting and fast talking had concluded, the “Western Auction” had generated $790,000 for multiple sellers — of which A&S took 20 percent.
“It went very well,” said auctioneer and A&S owner Scott Franks, who had pointed to Saturday’s sale as something special, primarily because of the Lone Ranger memorabilia.
The buyer, a collector from North Texas whom Franks has known for years, prefers to remain unidentified for now.
“He wants to keep it in his main corporate office and just look at it for a while,” Franks said. “Someday, he may not mind his name being made public.”
Davis’ son, Earl Davis, said the family was pleased by the work of A&S Auction and the price his late father’s once-prized possessions captured.
“The sale itself was pretty exciting,” said Davis, who serves as president of the family business founded in 1928, Davis Brothers Publishing.
“The bidding hit $100,000, and the next thing I knew they were saying $105,000, $110,000, $115,000. It was fun to watch,” Davis said.
The proceeds will go to Davis’ mother, Mary Ann Davis, who likely will invest it, Davis said.
Meanwhile, the family is making plans to sell another item the elder Davis acquired in the 1960s — a receipt signed by Col. William B. Travis for coffee, lead for use in firearms and other provisions for the men defending the Alamo in March 1836 from the onslaught of Mexican Gen. Santa Anna.
It will be offered for sale Sept. 17 in Boston, and a reserve bid of $100,000 has been established, “but I’d like to think we can get at least $125,000,” Davis said.
A receipt Travis signed to secure 30 head of beef for the defenders of the Alamo once produced a $170,000 payday for the Davis family.
Other Lone Ranger-related items proved popular at Saturday’s sale.
A small plastic radio crafted by Majestic Radio & Television Co. and bearing the image of the “masked man” sold for $1,600 to Bob Bruning, of Omaha, Nebraska, who also shelled out $1,750 for a Ranger-related silver bullet.
“Clayton Moore, who played the Lone Ranger, would give these .45-caliber bullets to U.S. presidents and to crippled children,” Franks said.
Meanwhile, John Runk, of St. Genevieve, Missouri, called in the winning bid of $8,000 on a single-action Army Colt revolver that had bidders salivating because it was inspected by Orville W. Ainsworth, the first principal subinspector assigned by the War Department to examine products of Colt Firearms.
The gun, which was dubbed the Peacemaker, was heavily used by the U.S. Cavalry during the 1870s, including George Armstrong Custer’s 7th Cavalry Regiment.
A total of more than 450 items found new owners, the list including Western art, spurs, antiques, firearms and novelty items such as old poker chips and playing cards.
Franks said A&S hosts three or four major auctions a year, and he spends the balance of his time contracting to carry out sales for smaller estates.
One of the most important Westerns ever made – in raising the Western genre from B Pulp to legitimate theatre.
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I remember seeing My Darling Clementine (1946) very early on when I started to watch all these classic films which now inform my work. I wasn’t aware at all of what this film was really about. Seeing a man come into town taking the marshals job to ensure that he could seek out revenge for his brothers murder. It’s only with the passing of time, and seeing more film adaptations of the infamous gunfight at the O.K. Corral that I can see a lineage going on here, as new information is found new films are made. Different directors give their spin to the events, John Sturges gave us two interpretations Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and The Hour of the Gun (1957) which expanded vasty on the events that we all know of. Here however in the events are told from the true perspective of
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I never planned to watch Orphan Black. But I kept hearing good things about it.
Finally I relented. I was shocked. It was brilliant.
Here’s this completely unknown actress – Tatiana Maslany – playing 9 different roles/clones – and doing a superb job.
Here are these people who do camera gymnastics and have 4 of these clones interacting with each other in the same room – in the same scene !!
Result: the show has been ignored two years in a row by the TV academy!!! Scratch your head? Slap your head.
I don’t watch Award shows to begin with, but if they ever wanted to completely decimate the very little credibility they now have, they’ve done a perfect job.
Am I saying Orphan Black is everybody’s cup of tea and you should watch it? No. But excellent work and talent should be acknowledged and rewarded.
Especially by those who pretend to do such things.
William Close & EHC – Performs “Earth Harp Mini Symphony”
Live at Willow Creek
“The Greatest Show on Earth”
July 4 – 13. 2014
Founded 1886 (Exhibition)
William Close and the Earth Harp
“Following huge success on America’s Got Talent, William Close and his Earth Harp have continued to wow audiences around the world! Inspired by the Frank Lloyd Wright quote “Architecture is frozen music”, Close will be creating his musical installation right here on Stampede Park. Developed in 1999, the Earth Harp is the largest stringed instrument on the planet.”
The Lone Ranger Creed
The enduring popularity of the original Lone Ranger is a very interesting phenomenon which must mystify a lot of todays young people who never grew up with it – and probably consider the whole thing to be somewhat Camp in character.
Yet there are still several (many?) Lone Ranger websites on the internet – well over 60 years after the masked man rode across our black and white TV sets.
That says that something is special. But what? Why?
What was it about this guy – and what he stood for – that grabbed so many people … and still does?
Surely a part of it is embodied in The Lone Ranger Creed.
The Lone Ranger Theme / William Tell Overture / Gioachino Rossini
The Lone Ranger: “Only you, Tonto, know I’m alive. To the world, I’ll be buried here beside my brother and my friends… forever.”
Tonto: “You are alone now. Last man. You are lone ranger.”
The Lone Ranger: “Yes, Tonto, I am… the Lone Ranger.”
“Once I got the Lone Ranger role, I didn’t want any other.”
~ Clayton Moore