For Sale: Roy Rogers' Trusty Horse, Trigger Memorabilia from the career of singing cowboy Roy Rogers is going on the auction block. Rogers starred in more than 100 movies and a long-running TV show. Trigger, his horse and fellow performer -- who Rogers famously had stuffed after the animal died -- could bring $200,000, according to Christie's.
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For Sale: Roy Rogers' Trusty Horse, Trigger

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For Sale: Roy Rogers' Trusty Horse, Trigger

For Sale: Roy Rogers' Trusty Horse, Trigger

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MARY LOUISE KELLY, Host:

And our last word in business today is happy trails.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HAPPY TRAILS")

ROY ROGERS: (Singing) Happy trails to you, until we meet again.

LOUISE KELLY: Unidentified Man: "The Roy Rogers Show," starring Roy Rogers, king of the cowboys, and Dale Evans queen of the West.

LOUISE KELLY: Roger's family is selling off the items in order to pay off debts. Cathy Elkies is with the auction house, and she says the highlight is likely to be Rogers' faithful horse - that would be Trigger, of course - which has been preserved.

CATHY ELKIES: If you think of Roy, you think of Trigger. They really go hand in hand. When Trigger died, Roy really was so incredibly bereft that he didn't want to bury Trigger. So he ended up taxiderming him. So he is actually mounted in the galleries in his sort of famous rearing position.

LOUISE KELLY: And Elkies says the horse could corral up to $200,000. If that's too pricey, there's also Rogers' stuffed and mounted wonder dog, Bullet. He's expected to fetch about $10,000.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "HAPPY TRAILS")

DALE EVANS: (Singing) Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

ROGERS: (Singing) Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

LOUISE KELLY: This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Mary Louise Kelly.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

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