Volume 26 of the JOHN WAYNE Official Collector’s Edition
The Official John Wayne Collector’s Edition, featured the mugs John Wayne gave to his friends in their “Parting Gifts” article in Volume 26. If you’ve never seen one of the John Wayne Official Collectors Editions, they are really something special. The beautiful images and fascinating stories once again bring to life the legend of John Wayne. If you’re a Duke fan and have never seen this series of tributes to him we encourage you to check it out…
MEDIA LAB BOOKS: The Official John Wayne Collector’s Editions
|JOHN WAYNE WAS never shy when it came to showing his gratitude, and the actor was especially appreciative of the people who made his pictures possible. Beginning with 1951’s Flying Leathernecks, Duke started giving thanks to the casts and crews of his films by gifting each member with a custom, gold-handled ceramic mg at the end of production. With the help of local artists, who often||worked off sketches drawn by Duke himself, the legend made sure each mug captured the essence of that film and served as a unique souvenir from the shared experience.
The icon would often request the movie’s mug feature a memorable line from the film, such as Ethan Edwards’s “That’ll be the day!” from The Searchers (1956), or Fread Wead claiming “I’m gonna move that toe!” in The Wings of Eagles (1957).
The artwork John Wayne chose for
|the mugs either depicted a scene from the film, such as Tom Doniphon’s house on fire for The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), or something more sentimental, such as John Ford featured front and center on the mug for Donovan’s Reef (1963), the final film Duke made with his mentor.
Once a meaningful memento exchanged between coworkers, the mugs have since become highly sought-after collector’s items, selling at auctions for as high as $13,000.