John Wayne's wig up for auction
- 30 November 2010
- From the section Entertainment & Arts
A wig worn by film star John Wayne in the 1967 movie El Dorado is going under the hammer in the US, auction house Bonhams has announced.
The toupee, which is brown with a hint of grey, expected to sell for up to £1,000.
Margaret Barrett from Bonhams and Butterfields, said: "The hairline is quite distinctive and fans would be able to recognise it at once."
Wayne wore wigs in all his films from the 1948 flick Wake of the Red Witch.
The Max Factor toupee came from the family of one of the movie's make-up artists.
Wayne, who died in 1979, was also known as The Duke and gained a reputation for his rugged masculinity, voice and distinctive swagger.
The actor - whose real name was Marion Robert Morrison - played the lead in 142 of the movies he appeared in.
"In the US John Wayne is huge even though he has been dead for 30 years or more," Ms Barrett added.