31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS: John Wayne Mugs
I am, however, totally enthralled by pop culture and the continued popularity of John Wayne so for the 26th entry in my 31 DAYS OF COFFEE MUGS series, I have chosen John Wayne.
There is actually a coffee mug or rather a series of mugs that were produced specifically for John Wayne that are worth thousands of dollars each.
The story behind them is that John Wayne had them made and then gifted them directly to family, friends, cast and crew members. One side of the mug carried the name and an image from the movie. The other side, carried a greeting.
On December 6, 2014, one of these John Wayne mugs sold at a live auction on eBay for $11,000. One side of that mug had an image of Rio Bravo, a 1959 movie, and the other side read, “Joyce, From Duke.” Here's a screen shot of the auction listing:
The eBay seller who sold it says it was being sold on consignment directly from the estate of the daughter of Joyce Burnett, who was the assistant to Rio Bravo director Howard Hawks.
I gather it must be a rare example because it fetched an unprecedented amount when it sold and this despite the fact that it had a lot of wear on the handle.
Most of these personalized John Wayne mugs sold on eBay in the last year sold in the $2,000 to $5,000 range.
If owning one of those mugs is out of your range, but you would like to have a John Wayne mug, I have found a few nice options.
My favourites include this brown Vandor mug, which reads, “A man’s got to have a creed, a code to live by.” It’s a simple handsome, manly mug, perfectly suited to the subject matter. You can find it on Amazon by clicking right here.
I also like this mug by Midsouth Products, which reads, “Don’t say it’s a fine morning or I’ll shoot ya.” I like it because it carries a morning sentiment perfectly reminiscent of the Duke and it makes me smile. You can find this mug on Amazon by clicking right here.
You can see all of Amazon’s John Wayne mugs by clicking here and you can see a selection of John Wayne mugs from eBay here:
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