“Forgotten Hollywood”- An Auction Bonanza!

Posted on June 26, 2013 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

   Several pieces of memorabilia from the long-running hit television series Bonanza are going up for auction in Nevada, including the branding iron used in the Western’s opening credits. The family of Lorne Greene is selling a number of the deceased star’s personal artifacts and many of his items from the show on Saturday in Reno. The sale was arranged by his son, Chuck Greene.

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   From 1959 to 1973, Lorne played Ben Cartwright, the patriarch of the Bonanza household whose sprawling 1,000-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch was set in the High Sierra between Lake Tahoe and Virginia City. His small screen sons were played by Pernell Roberts (Adam), Michael Landon (Little Joe), and Dan Blocker (Hoss) during the first run of the popular series; seen by an estimated 400 million people in 80 countries.

   In addition to the branding iron, also up for sale are awards, photos of Lorne Greene at the Reno Rodeo, and large personalized belt buckles, including one he received in 1962 from the owners of the Bucket of Blood Saloon in Virginia City with an inset of an 1884 Liberty silver dollar. The family had previously donated some of Greene’s documents to the University of Southern California for research purposes. A lifelong Democrat, Greene was a major supporter of the campaigns of Hubert Humphrey in 1968 and 1972. The actor died in 1987 at age of 72.

   The anticipated event will be supervised by Anchor Auctions and Appraisals. Please cue the theme music…

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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