The Quiet Man 1952
The Quiet Man mug was the second mug Bob Williams did and the first done on a Wallace mug with a distinctive yellow cast instead of what became the traditional beige color. Many think it was selected due to the attractive combination of the Irish green painting on the yellow background. According to Bob Williams however, the yellow mugs were simply the ones he had available at the time. This is confirmed by the other yellow mugs he painted for John Wayne in the future, like the Big Jim McLain mug which was next.
Unfortunately we lost Maureen O’Hara, Duke’s favorite leading lady, in 2015. On Nov. 29, 2016 Bonham’s held an auction in New York for Ms O’Hara’s estate. Included in the auction were the 3 mugs she had been given by John Wayne. Shortly before her Quiet Man mug went on the block, a gentlemen entered the room and won the auction with a bid, including buyers premium of over $10,000 dollars. The winning bidder immediately left leaving many of us wondering who he was, maybe a secret admirer of Maureen or a big John Wayne fan.
Of course this is the most ever paid for a Quiet Man mug. Obviously because it belonged to Maureen O’Hara, was in mint condition, sold at a well publicized Bonham’s auction and found an extremely motivated collector created a perfect storm to set the record. We have seen a Quiet Man mug in excellent condition sell for less than $500. This demonstrates the wide range of valuations for this collectible.
Feb 15, 2015
“This is a very hard to find collectible- a personal gift to James Barker- who was John Wayne’s personal makeup artist on many of his movies. It was later given to my father from his widow Dorothy Barker and kept safely stored for over 60+ years now.”
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