From the Orange County Register:
The late actor John Wayne’s family, through John Wayne Enterprises in Newport Beach, will auction off 750 items that belonged to Wayne – from the eye patch he wore in “True Grit” to coffee mugs used on Wayne’s yacht, The Wild Goose, that he kept in Newport Harbor.
The auction has been nearly a decade in the making. Ethan Wayne began pondering it in 2003 when he took over John Wayne Enterprises after the death of his half-brother Michael Wayne.
The company manages John Wayne’s image and the merchandising that goes along with it, from Wayne-inspired Western wear to small-batch Bourbon and organic beef jerky. Ethan Wayne is also head of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit group that supports cancer education and support groups.
Proceeds from the sale will go to John Wayne Enterprises, which funds the foundation.